If you look at it more closely, it's even worse than it appears on casual observation. Why? Because oil&gas extraction is extremely capital-intensive, so almost none of the benefits flow to workers. 2/
A little table: fixed assets in 2018 from BEA https://apps.bea.gov/iTable/iTable.cfm?ReqID=10&step=2,
employment from BLS https://www.bls.gov/webapps/legacy/cesbtab1.htm,
implied capital per worker in thousands of dollars. 3/
Aside from desperate need for medical care, hospitals are a huge source of employment, while oil & gas isn't. So Rs willing to subsidize capital but not help workers. Are you surprised? 5/
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