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Phillip Martin

Currently the Research and Policy Director for Progress Texas and the Texas Research Institute, Phillip Martin writes occasional long-form pieces for BOR that promote focused analysis and insight into Texas politics. Born and raised in Austin, Phillip started working in politics in 2003 and started writing on BOR in the summer of 2005. Phillip has worked for the Texas Democratic Trust, the Texas Legislative Study Group, and now the Progress Texas family. He is a lifelong Houston Astros fan, a loyal Longhorn, and loves swimming at Barton Springs Pool.


  1. Questions on the pretty graph.
    What's the net job gain?

    How many of these jobs created in April are temporary census jobs?

    Why did the unemployment rate increase in April to 9.9% from 9.7?  

      • And an answer
        only pointing out that we are not doing the right things.  If we continue giving other peoples money to those without we will run out of others peoples money.  Most of the new jobs are government jobs or unsustainable jobs.  Companies will be over taxed to pay for these jobs and companies will not hire new employees.  If the government grows we shrink. Of course we can go into deeper dept and maybe greece can bail us out.

        • From the link

          The BLS also revised the previous two months up 121,000 jobs, making April the fourth consecutive month of job growth with 573,000 jobs added since December (84% of which are from the private sector).

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