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Lower Oil Prices, Tight Labor Markets to Restrain Texas Growth in 2019
Texas? economy should expand in 2019, though at a slower rate than in the prior year. A decline in oil prices in late 2018, tight labor markets and the possibility of restrictive U.S. trade and tariff policies weigh on the outlook for the state.
Groundwater Markets Slowly Evolve in Ever-Thirstier Texas
Texas’ growing population is increasing the demand for water, a commodity that in many parts of the state is subject to wide swings from abundance during wet cycles to shortfall during droughts. Water markets offer one way to help meet some of the growing need. However, legal challenges and a variety of government entities overseeing water use complicate water markets’ applicability.
Texas Jobs Decline at Historic Pace from Impact of COVID-19
The decrease affected all major metro areas, with the steepest drops coming in El Paso, Fort Worth and Austin, followed closely by Houston, San Antonio and Dallas.