Fracking City has Lowest Unemployment Rate, Solar City has Highest Unemployment


Forget building this city on Rock and Roll and try Fracking instead. Just don’t try building it on solar power, wind power or pixie dust.

The U.S. metro area with the lowest unemployment rate is a shale oil boomtown. The one with the highest unemployment rate houses the world’s largest solar plant.

According to data released on Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Midland, Texas, has a 2.9 percent unemployment rate, the lowest in the country. Midland sits above the Permian Basin Shale, a massive formation that constitutes a large chunk of Texas’ booming shale oil industry.

The West Texas town is also one of the fastest growing metro areas in the country, which many attribute to its booming oil-fueled economy.

In contrast to the successes of those oil and gas boomtowns, Yuma, Ariz., is facing the highest unemployment rate of any U.S. metro area at a whopping 26.1 percent.

Yuma is the site of the Agua Caliente solar plant—the largest photovoltaic solar generation facility in the world.

Agua Caliente received a $967 million loan guarantee from the Department of Energy (DOE) in 2011. According to DOE, federal financing helped create 10 permanent jobs

1 billion dollars to 10 jobs. That’s only 100 million dollars a job. At that rate it will only take all the money in the world to create enough Green Jobs to end unemployment.

If only we had an industry that created revenues and jobs.

  • Mountain man

    Troll. Can I have my click back?
    Only an idiot or Al Qaeda would want more fossil fuel usage in America. Please disclose your Crotch (Koch) payments.

    • Mountain Troll

      You do realize that photosynthesis, solar, hydro, wind and oil all derive from the sun directly or indirectly?

      The only energy source that does not derive from the sun is nuclear (fission or fusion).

      Do you realize the cost of wind & solar? Wind and solar are costing us a lot of dead birds. And the newest mega solar plant is causing problems with airline pilots.

      “electricity rates will necessary skyrocket…. Coal-powered plants, natural gas plants, you name it, whatever the plants were, whatever the industry was, they would have to retrofit their operations, that will cost money, that they will pass that money on to consumers.” -Barack Obama
      Something tells me Mountain Man that you won’t be able to troll much longer because you will not be able to afford electricity for your computer.
      BTW do you know what the ITER is?

    • UCSPanther

      Lookee here: Another sufferer of Koch Derangement Syndrome.

    • Christopher Riddle

      Are you REALLY this STUPID??????????????????????????????

    • Habbgun

      By the powers granted to me by the holy powers of the Domain Naming System I now pronounce your click returned to you! You were never here, it never happened. All is annulled. On your way.

  • Alphamail

    Most normal adults understand the importance of survival and the rather strict requirements needed to insure a safe future.

    If you like freedom – as well as survival – there are even more requirements.

    We’re talking here about living and dying – not only as individuals but as a society, a nation, a way of life. If you value freedom and survival you don’t simply feel their importance you step up to the plate and protect them.

    The first thing you do to survive is to abandon child-like emotion.

    Feelings are wonderful, they give life joy, but they don’t win wars.

    Reason wins wars and insures survival.

    The 1960’s gave us, “If it feels good do it,” and an entire movement – a philosophy and political party coalesced to insure everyone feels good, no one ever feels bad, and if we all do good things the world will be a better place and peace is certain. This is an emotional bubble within which today’s liberals live, but if it is broken it is defenseless against people who don’t “feel” like they do and it unfortunately plays out as the inevitable preordained death wish it is.

    History might call this “anti-survival.” In the vernacular it’s called suicide.

    My feelings naturally love the sun and wind and water and I wish these would sustain me but they don’t. As much as I want them to they don’t.

    We need food. We need fuel. My family, my neighbors, my friends, my community, and my country need to survive and our sappy feelings are getting in the way. We need to give way to reason if we want to live and prosper.

    While our feelings insist we all get along reason bluntly states we do not.

    Reason tells us and history justifies that America has proven the veracity of individual thought while government edict restricts ingenuity. Individual thought has brought us electricity and light, the transistor and computers, and myriad fuels which are only a brief bridge to even greater innovation.

    To cross that bridge we need to rely on reason and its creative power to solve our exigent problems – not feelings which kill the opportunity to do so.

    • glpage

      Your post identifies the problem; individual thought is beyond the understanding of the left. Their thing is collectivism. Individual thought leads to independent thinking, which is anathema to the left.

  • mathchopper

    Why bother reading this excrement. These facts are of no use when dealing with “mentally disabled” Socialist liberals.