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Entry from February 07, 2015
Great American Job Machine (Texas nickname)

The term “Great American Job Machine” refers to the ability of the United States to create jobs for its citizens. “(U.S. President Ronald—ed.) Reagan several months ago had boasted to the Europeans—whose unemployment rates have risen—of the sharp drop in the unemployment rate here created by what he called the ‘Great American Job Machine’” was cited in May 1985. The Great American Job Machine: The Proliferation of Low Wage Employment in the U.S. Economy (1986) was a study by the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress.

“Texas, the ‘great American job machine’” was the title of a paper written by Mark J. Perry for the American Enterprise Institute in January 2015. The paper concluded that most of the job gains in the United States came from one state—Texas.


4 May 1985, The Oregonian (Portland, OR), “Unemployment rate stalled for third month” by Jane Seaberry (LA Times-Washington Post Service), pg. B1, col. 3:
The unemployment report came as President Reagan met with leaders of six other industrial nations in Bonn to discuss ways to improve the world economy. Reagan several months ago had boasted to the Europeans—whose unemployment rates have risen—of the sharp drop in the unemployment rate here created by what he called the “Great American Job Machine.”

Google News Archive
2 September 1985, Boca Raton (FL) News, “American Job Machine loses its steam in 1980s” by Thomas J. Moore (Knight-Ridder Newspapers), pg. 6A, col. 2:
WASHINGTON—The Great American Job Machine has lost steam in the 1980s, producing jobs at the slowest rate of any five-year period since 1960.

OCLC WorldCat record
The great American job machine : the proliferation of low wage employment in the U.S. economy : a study prepared for the Joint Economic Committee
Author: Barry Bluestone; Bennett Harrison; United States. Congress. Joint Economic Committee.
Publisher: [Washington, D.C.?] : [The Committee], [1986]
Edition/Format: Book : National government publication : English

OCLC WorldCat record
Raising the minimum wage and derailing the great American jobs machine
Author: Graciela Testa-Ortiz
Publisher: [Washington, D.C.] : U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Economic Policy Division, [1987]
Series: Policy working papers (Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America. Economic Policy Division), no. 3.
Edition/Format: Book : English

OCLC WorldCat record
The Great American Job Creation Machine in Comparative Perspective
Author: HAROLD L WILENSKY
Edition/Format: Article Article : English
Publication: Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, v31 n3 (September 1992): 473-488
Database: Wiley Online Library
Summary:
Job creation is mainly a product of demographic changes and changes in social structure, particularly an increased supply of young and/or cheap labor. It is unrelated to unemployment rates or other measures of economic performance and their causes; it results in lower earnings growth and slower long-run productivity gains. If job creation is little affected by demand policies, the appropriate response is less boasting about employment gains and more attention to reshaping the supply and quality of labor.

OCLC WorldCat record
Immigrant workers and the great American job machine : the contributions of new foreign immigration to national and regional labor force growth in the 1990’s
Author: Andrew Sum; Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Center for Labor Market Studies.; et al
Publisher: [Boston, MA] : Center for Labor Market Studies, Northeastern University, [2002]
Edition/Format: Book : English

OCLC WorldCat record
Labour Markets - US-Sclerosis? What Happened to the “Great American Job Machine”?
Author: Ronald Schettkat
Publisher: Hamburg : Verlag Weltarchiv,
Edition/Format: Article Article : English
Publication: Inter economics. 39, no. 1, (2004): 46
Database: ArticleFirst

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Mark J. Perry
‏@Mark_J_Perry
Texas, the ‘great American job machine,’ is solely responsible for the +1.2M net US job increase since 2007 » AEI http://www.aei.org/publication/texas-great-american-job-machine-solely-responsible-1m-net-us-job-increase-since-2007/
5:33 PM - 23 Jan 2015

American Enterprise Institute
Texas, the ‘great American job machine,’ is largely responsible for the +1.2M net US job increase since 2007
Mark J. Perry @Mark_J_Perry
January 23, 2015 6:30 pm
The Texas Workforce Commission released state employment data today for the month of December, and job growth in the Lone Star State continues to lead, and in fact carry the nation’s improving labor market as the chart above shows.

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Congressman Sessions talking about Texas - “The Great American Job Machine”
PeteSessions
Published on Feb 6, 2015
Congressman Sessions talking about Texas - “The Great American Job Machine”

Texas GOP Vote
Feb 6, 2015 11:01 AM
January Jobs Report: Federal Spending Drops Spurring American Economy
By Pete Sessions
(...)
I proudly represent a state that understands that high taxes and onerous regulations do not lead to economic growth and job creation. Texas has been coined the “Great American Job Machine” because it is almost exclusively responsible for the net increase in jobs in the United States since 2007. Texas’ rejection of liberal Washington mandates and the belief that individual opportunity is the key to success fuels our economic success. I believe that if we follow Texas’ gold standard example we will have the opportunity to get our country back on track. With our new Republican Congress I look forward to working with my colleagues in both the House and the Senate to support solutions that reinvigorate our economy, promote job creation, and put America’s families first.

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