• The U.S. added 252,000 nonfarm jobs in December 2014 and the unemployment rate was 5.6 percent. Between December 2013 and December 2014, U.S. total nonfarm employment increased 2.1 percent.
  • Texas total nonfarm employment increased by 41,100 jobs during December 2014. Between December 2013 and December 2014, Texas total nonfarm employment increased by 457,900 jobs or 3.886 percent.
  • The Texas unemployment rate was 4.6 percent for December 2014, down from 6.0 percent in December 2013.
  • The Texas unemployment rate has been at or below the national rate for 96 consecutive months.
  • A total of 6,190 building permits for single-family homes were issued in November 2014, 4.9 percent more than in November 2013. In the 12 months ending in November 2014, a total of 93,346 permits were issued, 8.9 percent more than in the previous year.
  • There were 3,861 multi-family building permits issued in November 2014, 1.8 percent more than in November 2013. During the 12 months ending in November 2014, a total of 61,791 permits were issued, 15 percent more than in the previous year.
  • In November 2014, there were 19,205 sales of existing single-family homes, 1.9 percent more than in November 2013.
  • The U.S. consumer confidence index was 92.6 in December 2014, up 1.8 percent from November 2014, and 16.6 percent higher than one year ago.
  • The Texas region's consumer confidence index was 120.5 in December 2014, up 9.5 percent from November 2014, and 0.6 percent higher than one year ago.
  • Oil and natural gas production tax collections for the four months of fiscal 2015 were 4.7 percent higher than during the same period in 2014.
  • NYMEX Crude oil futures reached a settle price of $46.31 on January 22, 2015. The average crude oil futures settle price was $59.29 for December 2014, 39.4 percent lower than in December 2013.
  • NYMEX Natural gas futures reached a settle price of $2.835 on January 22, 2015. The average natural gas settle price was $3.51 for December 2014, 18.0 percent lower than in December 2013.
  • Texas state sales tax receipts for December 2014 were 4.3 percent higher than for December 2013.
  • Sales tax collections in fiscal 2014 through December were 7.3 percent above collections for the same period in fiscal 2013.
  • Sales tax collections have increased for 57 consecutive months (year-over-year), with improvement apparent across all major economic sectors. Business spending, particularly that associated with oil and natural gas mining, has contributed more so than consumer spending sales tax growth.
  • Texas motor vehicle sales and rental tax collections for October 2014 were up 9.2 percent from October 2013.
  • The nationwide average core transaction price for a new car or truck during the first 15 days of October 2014 fell 1.2 percent to $32,528 from the first 15 days of October 2013.
  • For the first 15 days of October 2014, total national new auto sales were 687,398 units, up 8.0 percent compared to the first 15 days of October 2013.
  • Nationally, leases accounted for 29.7 percent of all new vehicle sales for the first 15 days of October 2014, increasing from 29.5 percent for the first 15 days of October 2013.