• The U.S. added 257,000 nonfarm jobs in January 2015 and the unemployment rate was 5.6 percent. Between January 2015 and January 2015, U.S. total nonfarm employment increased 2.3 percent.
  • Texas total nonfarm employment increased by 41,100 jobs during December 2014. BetweenDecember 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 inDecember 2013.
  • The Texas unemployment rate has been at or below the national rate for 96 consecutive months.
  • A total of 7,469 building permits for single-family homes were issued in December 2014, 29.3 percent more than in December 2013. In the 12 months ending in December 2014, a total of 95,201 permits were issued, 10.2 percent more than in the previous year.
  • There were 7,598 multi-family building permits issued in December 2014, 23.7 percent more than in December 2013. During the 12 months ending in December 2014, a total of 63,695 permits were issued, 17.4 percent more than in the previous year.
  • In January 2015, there were 15,757 sales of existing single-family homes, 12.2 percent more than in January 2014.
  • The U.S. consumer confidence index was 96.4 in February 2015, down 7.1 percent from January 2015, and 23.1 percent higher than one year ago.
  • The Texas region's consumer confidence index was 117.0 in February 2015, up 0.3 percent from January 2015, and 4.7 percent higher than one year ago.
  • Oil and natural gas production tax collections for the five months of fiscal 2015 were 0.2 percent lower than during the same period in 2014.
  • NYMEX Crude oil futures reached a settle price of $ 48.17on February 26, 2015. The average crude oil futures settle price was $47.33 for January 2015, 50.1 percent lower than in January 2014.
  • NYMEX Natural gas futures reached a settle price of $ 2.697on February 26, 2015. The average natural gas settle price was $2.93 for January 2015, 35.7 percent lower than in January 2014.
  • Texas state sales tax receipts for January 2014 were 11.2 percent higher than for January 2013.
  • Sales tax collections in fiscal 2015 through January were 11.2 percent above collections for the same period in fiscal 2014.
  • Sales tax collections have increased for 58 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 January 2015 were up 15.9 percent from January 2014.
  • The nationwide average core transaction price for a new car or truck during the first 15 days of January 2015 fell 0.6 percent to $32,593 from the first 15 days of January 2014.
  • For the first 15 days of January 2015, total national new auto sales were 671,509 units, up 2.9 percent compared to the first 15 days of January 2014.
  • Nationally, leases accounted for 30.5 percent of all new vehicle sales for the first 15 days of January 2015, increasing from 30.1 percent for the first 15 days of January 2014.