Two thirds of the counties in rural Texas have lost jobs in the last year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

While the rest of the state gained jobs from July 2010 to July of this year, rural Texas employment has been declining. In the last year, rural Texas’ 177 counties have lost a total of 15,828 jobs while urban and exurban counties have added 88,688.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry promotes job growth in Texas as the centerpiece in his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. Gov. Perry says repeatedly that “40% of the net new jobs in America have been created in Texas (in the last two years), and those jobs are being created in a climate that actually encourages such growth.” 

Texas had comparatively strong job growth in the last year, too. From July 2010 to July of this year, BLS figures show that Texas again ranks high in total job growth, standing second behind Florida in the number of jobs gained in this time period. Since July 2010, 30% of the new jobs in the United States could be found in Texas.

But while Gov. Perry contends that a statewide “climate” he helped create is responsible for this record, job growth in Texas is not a statewide phenomenon. In fact, most Texas counties are not seeing the job growth the governor is touting.

In the last year, 58% of Texas’ 254 counties lost jobs.