• The U.S. added 151,000 nonfarm jobs in January 2015 and the unemployment rate was 4.9 percent. Between January 2016 and January 2015, U.S. total nonfarm employment increased 1.9 percent.
  • Texas total nonfarm employment increased by 26,531 jobs during December 2015. Between December 2014 and December 2015, Texas total nonfarm employment increased by 166,900 jobs or 1.4 percent.
  • The Texas unemployment rate was 4.7 percent for December 2015, above the 4.6 percent rate in December 2014.
  • The Texas unemployment rate has been at or below the national rate for 108 consecutive months
  • A total of 7,243 building permits for single-family homes were issued in December 2015, 7.58 percent less than in December 2014. In the 12 months ending in December 2015, a total of 100,244 permits were issued, 0.45 percent more than in the previous year.
  • There were 6,822 multi-family building permits issued in December 2015, 5 percent less than in December 2014. During the 12 months ending in December 2015, a total of 68,949 permits were issued, 4.18 percent more than in the previous year.
  • In December 2015, there were 24,491 sales of existing single-family homes, 4.72 percent more than in December 2014. During the 12 months ending in December 2015, a total of 295,355 existing single-family homes were sold, 3.4 percent more than in the previous year.
  • The U.S. consumer confidence index was 98.1 in January 2016, up 1.87 percent from December 2015, and 5.49 percent lower than one year ago.
  • The Texas region's consumer confidence index was 117.9 in January 2016, up 16.62 percent from December 2015, and 1.11 percent higher than one year ago.
  • Oil and natural gas production tax collections for the first five months of fiscal 2016 were 48 percent lower than collections during the same period in 2015.
  • NYMEX Crude oil futures reached a settle price of $33.62 on January 29, 2016. The average crude oil futures settle price was $31.78 for January 2016.
  • NYMEX Natural gas futures reached a settle price of $2.298 on January 29, 2016. The average natural gas settle price was $2.23 January 2016.
  • Total state sales tax collections for January 2016 were 4.0 percent lower than in January 2015.
  • For fiscal 2016 through January 2016, total state sales tax collections were 2.5 percent below the same period in 2015.
  • Texas motor vehicle sales and rental tax collections for December 2015 were up 5.1 percent from December 2014.