• The U.S. added 215,000 nonfarm jobs in August 2015 and the unemployment rate was 5.3 percent. Between August 2015 and August 2014, U.S. total nonfarm employment increased 1.7 percent.
  • Texas total nonfarm employment increased by 31,400 jobs during July 2015. Between July 2014 and July 2015, Texas total nonfarm employment increased by 236,500 jobs or 2 percent.
  • The Texas unemployment rate was 4.2 percent for July 2015, down from 5.0 percent in July 2014.
  • The Texas unemployment rate has been at or below the national rate for 103 consecutive months.
  • A total of 9,700 building permits for single-family homes were issued in June 2015, 4.9 percent more than in June 2014. In the 12 months ending in June 2015, a total of 101,718 permits were issued, 10 percent more than in the previous year.
  • There were 7,502 multi-family building permits issued in June 2015, 102.5 percent more than in June 2014. During the 12 months ending in June 2015, a total of 64,483 permits were issued, .51 percent more than in the previous year.
  • In June 2015, there were 31,502 sales of existing single-family homes, 7.3% percent more than in June 2014.
  • The U.S. consumer confidence index was 90.9 in July 2015, down 8.9 percent from June 2015, and 0.6 percent higher than one year ago.
  • The Texas region's consumer confidence index was 114.9 in July 2015, down 12 percent from June 2015, and 1.9 percent lower than one year ago
  • Oil and natural gas production tax collections for the nine months of fiscal 2015 were 23.4 percent lower than during the same period in 2014.
  • NYMEX Crude oil futures reached a settle price of $41.14 on August 20, 2015. The average crude oil futures settle price was $59.83 for June 2015
  • NYMEX Natural gas futures reached a settle price of $2.755 on August 20, 2015. The average natural gas settle price was $2.77 June 2015.
  • Texas state sales tax receipts for July 2015 were 2.7 percent higher than for July 2014.
  • Sales tax collections in fiscal 2015 through July were 4.4 percent above collections for the same period in fiscal 2014.
  • Texas motor vehicle sales and rental tax collections for April 2015 were up 19.88 percent from April 2014.