Labor unions are dismissing the so-called "Texas Employment Miracle" story being pushed by Gov. Rick Perry in his GOP presidential campaign.
Labor leaders say that many of the jobs were created by the state government and others are low wage.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, for example, laughed when asked about the Texas Miracle at a newsmaker breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. He charged that many of the jobs created while Perry was governor are "minimum wage or sub-minimum wage," and he added: "god help us if that model is nationalized." The jobs picture in Texas is one of Perry's biggest selling points as he moves to the front of the GOP presidential pack.