I ran across this article on a new manufacturing plant being built in south Texas. Note that the plant is being built in a rural area whose "economy relies on rice farming, fishing and energy". With an average salary of $66,000 a year it will certainly be a big boost to the economy of the area. Of course, the farming and fishing industries will have a difficult time competing with the plant, but overall the majority of the people will profit.
Places like Saudi Arabia recognized the stupidity of exporting unprocessed raw materials decades ago, but we are still falling all over ourselves to make a few dollars with a gas pipeline etc. Instead of exporting all our raw materials and the job assoicated with those materials we need to be looking at ways to utilize those materials in state instead. Using our abundant natural gas to process our minerals and make chemical feed stocks are areas that could be a real benefit to the state. Year-round, high paying jobs are always better for the economy that lower-paying summer or seasonal jobs.