• The U.S. added 321,000  nonfarm jobs in November 2014 and the unemployment rate was 5.8 percent. Between November 2013 and November 2014, U.S. total nonfarm employment increased 2 percent.
  • Texas total nonfarm employment increased by 35,200 jobs during October 2014. Between October 2013 and October 2014, Texas total nonfarm employment increased by 421,900 jobs or 3.7 percent.
  • The Texas unemployment rate was 5.1 percent for October 2014, down from 6.2 percent in October 2013.
  • The Texas unemployment rate has been at or below the national rate for 94 consecutive months.
  • A total of 8,065 building permits for single-family homes were issued in October  2014, 13.3 percent more than in October  2013. In the 12 months ending in October  2014, a total of 93,156 permits were issued, 9 percent more than in the previous year.
  • There were 4,669 multi-family building permits issued in October  2014, 39 percent less than in October  2013. During the 12 months ending in October  2014, a total of 61,526 permits were issued, 14.2 percent more than in the previous year.
  • In October  2014, there were 24,778 sales of existing single-family homes, 13.4 percent more than in October  2013.
  • The U.S. consumer confidence index was 88.7 in November  2014, down 5.7 percent from October 2014, and 14.5 percent higher than one year ago.
  • The Texas region's consumer confidence index was 113.9 in November  2014, down 11.3 percent from October 2014, and 0.6 percent higher than one year ago.
  • Oil and natural gas production tax collections for the three months of fiscal 2015 were 4.4 percent higher than during the same period in 2014.
  • NYMEX Crude oil futures reached a settle price of $59.95 on December 11, 2014. The average crude oil futures settle price was $75.81 for November 2014, 19.3 percent lower than in November 2013.
  • NYMEX Natural gas futures reached a settle price of $3.634 on December 11, 2014. The average natural gas settle price was $4.23 for November 2014, 16.3 percent higher than in November 2013.
  • Texas state sales tax receipts for November 2014 were 10.7 percent higher than for November 2013.
  • Sales tax collections in fiscal 2014 through October were 10.58 percent above collections for the same period in fiscal 2013.
  • Sales tax collections have increased for 56 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.