Regional update : outside forces still sapping Texas economy's vitality
A sluggish national economy, the global credit crunch and Hurricane Ike have taken some steam out of Texas' growth.
Texas economy to ride higher in the saddle in 2011
The Texas economy grew moderately in 2010, outperforming most other states. Jobs increased by 209,000, a growth rate of about 2 percent?near the state?s average pace since 1980. Strength in the high-tech and energy sectors was an important source of Texas? economic might relative to other parts of the country. The state also suffered less from housing price declines. ; Leading indicators, generally positive at the end of 2010, suggest an improving outlook in 2011 as consumers and businesses regain confidence in the economy. The Dallas Fed forecasting model projects Texas job growth of 2.5 ...
Noteworthy: Transportation: Unexpected demand drives up shipping rates
Texas exports rose 2.7 percent in real terms in the first six months of the year, fueled by a nascent economic recovery that surprised some shipping companies. Increased demand in the state and nation contributed to spikes in the cost of container, truck and rail freight shipments.
Noteworthy: Population: Texas grows despite recessionary doldrums
Texas' population grew robustly in the two years ended July 2009 despite the recession's impact on labor markets. The state added more people than any other--almost 1 million--and expanded at a faster pace than all but Utah and Wyoming.>
Affordability and education: keys to San Antonio's long-term growth
This article analyzes San Antonio's competitiveness compared with a group of peer MSAs defined by similar attributes of location, industry composition, demographics, tourism and population size. Our analysis finds that San Antonio remains very economically competitive and likely will continue to enjoy above-average growth in the long run, although the Alamo City does face long-term challenges due to a less-educated population.
Keys to economic growth: what drives Texas?
Texas continued to grow after the nation sank into recession in December 2007. Staying up so long in down times adds to the state's reputation for superior economic performance. For the past 40 years, employment has consistently grown faster in Texas than the U.S.--by 1 percentage point a year on average. ; In looking at the drivers of economic growth, recent research has put increasing emphasis on human capital and institutions, such as taxes and public spending. These factors partly explain why some U.S. states and regions have managed to maintain business climates conducive to faster ...
Our political leaders must summon the courage to pull up their socks and deal with our fiscal predicament in a way that corrects for the mismatch between future income streams and liabilities.
The economics of prosperity : a Texas tale
Noteworthy: Fortune 500: Texas ties California for national lead
According to the 2010 Fortune 500, released in April, Texas hosts the headquarters of 57 of the nation's 500 largest companies, ranked by gross revenues. Texas secured its place as a Fortune 500 leader through its position as focal point of the domestic energy industry, its relatively strong economic growth over the past decade, and its relatively low tax rates and living costs.