Category Archives: North Texas

North Texas Showing East/West Split

The Texas economy is feeling a persistent downdraft from the beleaguered energy sector. In March, Texas lost a net of 12,000 jobs, just the second monthly loss since late 2010. This kept the state’s unemployment rate steady at 4.3 percent, … Continue reading

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North Texas Still Expanding, But Feeling Energy Drag

The North Texas economy continues to expand at a moderating rate. Labor market data has changed after strong and steady gains through 2014. In 2015, the steadiness gave way to choppiness. The peak months of job gains in 2015 were … Continue reading

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Diverse North Texas Economy Bucking Energy Headwinds

While the Houston metro area economy has seen four months of net job losses so far this year, the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area economy has seen just two months of job losses. Job growth has clearly downshifted in North Texas, … Continue reading

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North Texas Shows Benefits of Economic Diversity

The Texas economy is feeling the drag from lower oil prices, and North Texas is no exception. However, the well-diversified economy of the Dallas/Ft. Worth metro area is providing some insulation from the downdraft in the state’s energy sector. North … Continue reading

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A Downshift in North Texas Job Growth

Following strong job growth from last October through January, payroll job gains have downshifted in North Texas. After adding nearly 11,000 jobs per month in 2014, only 2,800 jobs were added to the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area in February. In … Continue reading

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North Texas Continues to Prosper, But Lower Oil Prices Will Weigh on Growth

The North Texas economy finished 2014 strongly, with December payroll jobs up 4.4 percent over the previous 12 months. The metro area unemployment rate was down to 4.6 percent in December and is expected to continue to fall through 2015. … Continue reading

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Lower Oil Prices Increase Downside Risk for North Texas

The North Texas economy is growing strongly. The Dallas–Fort Worth metro area is adding jobs at a rapid rate. October 2014 payrolls were up 3.7 percent over the previous year, well above the 2.0 percent year-over-year growth rate for the … Continue reading

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North Texas Still Hot, Still Cool, Too

Job growth continues to be very strong in North Texas. Over the year ending in July, payroll employment in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area increased by 3.5 percent, widening the gap with the U.S. average at 1.8 percent. This robust … Continue reading

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A Robust North Texas Economy

Over the year ending this April, the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area added 106,800 payroll jobs, the equivalent of a moderately-sized city. Strong job growth has lowered the unemployment rate for the area to 5.4 percent as of March, well below … Continue reading

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North Texas Ends 2013 Flat, We Maintain our Positive Outlook

The jobs machine known as North Texas ended 2013 on a flat note, with essentially no payroll jobs added in November, followed by a large 10,400 net job loss in December. Reduced federal spending through 2013 was certainly a drag … Continue reading

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