Texas is known for its mining industry, which includes oil and gas, and has the highest weekly wages in the state. But surprisingly, this accounts for barely 2 percent (two-point-one percent, actually) of Texas' workers. The largest number of jobs has been created in the educational and health services sector, followed by the professional and business services sector.
This lesson has wider application not only to other states and the U.S. as a whole, but internationally. The U.S. has been losing industry and employment to foreign nations in large measure because U.S. tax and regulatory measures are less conducive to economic growth than those of many other countries. This should be obvious, and yet the U.S. continues to follow the political ideology of a taxing, spending and regulatory regimen that makes no economic sense.