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Phoenix Economy Shows Signs of Moderate Growth in 2014

Phoenix year-over-year employment growth is slowing down. Area employment grew 2.8 percent in 2013, but is expected to increase by only 1.8 percent this year. The outlook for Phoenix area employment remains positive heading into 2015 as the effects of … Continue reading

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Miami Economy Continues to Strengthen

The Miami MSA labor market kept trucking along, building momentum in the first half of 2014. Miami added around 40,000 payroll jobs in the first two quarters of this year. We expect area employment to continue improving for the remainder … Continue reading

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San Antonio Maintains Strong Growth

San Antonio’s economic growth remains strong in the aftermath of booming Eagle Ford Shale drilling activity. According to EOG Resources Inc., the estimated Eagle Ford oil reserve potential increased by 250 percent since the discovery in 2010 (including a recent … 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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Houston Works to Keep Up With Itself

Houston continues to expand at a strong rate. For the year ending in June, payroll employment was up by 3.2 percent, or slightly more than 90,000 jobs. Still, it is fair to say that the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metropolitan area … Continue reading

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Austin’s Economy Remains Strong

Year-over-year job growth in Austin remains well above the national average after peaking in June 2013. Payroll jobs grew by 12,600 in the first half of 2014 compared to 18,100 in the same period last year. Despite the softer job … Continue reading

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Detroit Adds Jobs in Q2

It sounds like faint praise, but for the Detroit metro any net job growth is good news. Payroll employment ticked up in May and June after stagnating in the second half of 2013, and declining in early 2014. Despite the … Continue reading

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Central West Michigan’s Economy Continues to Improve

The Central West Michigan (CWM) region, home to auto, manufacturing, and office furniture industries, grew better than expected, especially in the second quarter of 2014. Payroll jobs were up by 2.7 percent year-over-year, adding a net of 12,000 jobs in … Continue reading

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Southern California Maintains Moderate Momentum

Southern California labor markets look positive this year. While gains in regional employment have moderated from the robust growth seen in early 2013, employment growth has remained steadily above the U.S. average in 2014. Area employment is expected to grow … Continue reading

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The Pluses and Minuses of Improving Northern California Home Prices

Recent Northern California housing market activity has its positives and negatives. For those owning a home prior to the housing crash, increasing home prices and the ability to refinance at lower rates have helped many reclaim most of the lost … Continue reading

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