Texas and Massachusetts were among the top 10 states for job growth and competitiveness, according to a listing by Economic Modeling Specialists International, with Georgia finishing just below the midpoint at #28. Using a so-called "shift share" method, the Idaho firm highlighted the sectors in which states were outcompeting or undercompeting the nation. The method helps distinguish growth arising from macro factors versus growth emanating from local conditions. North Dakota topped the list on the strength of the oil and extraction boom, coupled with better than expected gains in construction and transportation. Here is a sampling from that list along with their ranking, total number of jobs in 2012, and percentage of jobs lost or gained due to competitive effect, in that order:

#2. Texas, 12,096,311, 2.8%

#7. Massachusetts, 3,620,266, 0.8%

#13. New York, 500,875, 0.5%

#17. Virginia, 4,124,255, 0.2%

#21. Pennsylvania, 6,200,897, -0.2%

#24. Maryland, 2,830,185, -0.3%

#28. Georgia, 4,370,221, -0.4%

#31. North Carolina, 4,449,729, -0.5%

#32. Florida, 8,167,773, -0.7%

#44. New Jersey, 4,142,444, -2.0%