Brown Jobs Powering Recovery
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  • thibaud

    Not sure if it’s Mr Mead’s tendentiousness and weak judgment, or just his incompetence with data analysis, but this post is adding even more noise to a map that was noisy to begin with.

    The map shows % change over one year, and for only one year, so the rankings/color code are all but meaningless. A state that took a huge hit in employment in the prior year, ie Apr 2010-Apr 2011, could very easily be at the top of the growth ranking for the next year because its base is low.

    In any case, this data set does not in any way support Mead’s wishful conclusion that “a significant chunk of America’s prosperity for the next generation will be linked to brown jobs.”

    A teenager looking at North Dakota’s growth could grasp what Mead apparently does not: huge growth on a minuscule absolute base does not translate into large or significant growth in absolute terms.

    As with Mead’s infatuation with crowdsourced funding for timewasters and iPhone covers, his weird determination to thumb his nose at smart people leads him to write some really dumb things.

    If you want to look at infographics, here’s a much better one, from Pew, that compares states’ y-o-y employment growth since 2007:

    In this map, one state leaps out from all the rest as having positive (color-coded blue) growth for all but one year since 2007. Care to guess which one that is?

    Hint: it’s the one that has no brown jobs at all, the district that serves as the metro hub for two-thirds of the nation’s wealthiest counties.


  • Kris

    “Their efforts to forge ahead with boring, old-fashioned ‘dirty’ energy are making a killing”

    A “killing”? Stop taunting the Greens! 🙂

    [email protected]: “one state leaps out from all the rest as having positive (color-coded blue) growth for all but one year since 2007. Care to guess which one that is?”

    All other states obviously need to learn from this.

  • Tom


    And since 2007, the government has been burgeoning. Forgive me if I am unimpressed with your insinuations.

  • thibaud

    “the government has been burgeoning”

    Bingo. Which means that, in reality, the real engine of jobs growth since 2007 has been, and in future years will likely be, the US federal government.

    Not “brown jobs,” however devoutly Mead wishes this consummation to be.

    Again, to be clear, what Mead PREFERS and what WILL BE are two very different things.

    If Via Meadia is a , so to speak, reality-based blog, ie one that looks at the world objectively and presumes to give guidance on what will be, then Mead will revisit his facile and rather silly conclusions.

    If OTOH Via Meadia is simply a church bulletin, a way of rallying the faithful with appeals to predetermined outcomes shaped by faith, then by all means, rock on. Brown Jobs Forever!

  • thibaud

    Fwiw, I am a big supporter of unconventional drilling and have put my own money where my mouth is on this issue.

    I’m opposing the generally shoddy and lame quality of analysis on VM here. Mr Mead can do better.

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