Comerica Bank’s Texas Economic Activity Index grew 1.2 percentage points in December to a level of 111.1. The December reading is 40 points, or 55 percent, above the index cyclical low of 71.6. The index averaged 105 points for all of 2013, three points above the average for full-year 2012. November’s index reading was unchanged at 109.9.
“Our Texas Index showed its fourth consecutive increase in December, extending the breakout from flat early-2013 results. Payroll job growth continued to outpace the national average at the end of 2013, up 2.3 percent for the state, well above the 1.7 percent gain for the U.S. as a whole,” said Robert Dye, Chief Economist at Comerica Bank. “Besides payroll job growth, other components of our Texas Index that showed growth in December were state sales tax, hotel occupancy, residential building permits and the rig count. Negative components were limited to state exports and unemployment insurance claims. Texas will feel some secondary effects of the winter freeze affecting the broader U.S. economy, but we expect 2014 to be another strong year for the Texas economy.”
For a PDF version of the Texas Economic Activity Index, click here: TexasIndex_0214.