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Where California's governor ranks based on job growth


SACRAMENTO BUSINESS JOURNAL.  JUNE 27, 2013.  A new national ranking for job growth has been released and — surprise — California is near the top.

On Numbers, a blog from parent company American City Business Journals, ranked U.S. governors according to their records for private-sector employment growth. Usually the Golden State fares dismally in these types of national “business friendly” surveys. Not this one.

Gov. Jerry Brown, who’s signing a budgetThursday that assumes a fiscal surplus for the state of California, came in 10th for keeping a steady hand on the Golden State’s steady economic recovery over the past three years.

According to the list, California’s private sector grew by 2.26 percent and added 90,400 private-sector jobs since Brown took office in January 2011. Back then, the state’s unemployment rate was 12.1 percent and more than 2.2 million people were out of work. According to theCalifornia Employment Development Department, the jobless rate last monthwas 8.6 percent and unemployment had declined by 600,000 workers during Brown’s tenure.

North Dakota’s Jack Dalrymple took first place in the survey on the back of his state’s strong performance in oil and gas industry. Other notable governors in the top 10 included Texas Gov. Rick Perry in second and Utah’s Gary Herbert in third. Both of those governors have made recruiting trips to California this year to woo Golden State firms back to their home states.

See the full list from On Numbers.