• The U.S. added 280,000 nonfarm jobs in May 2015 and the unemployment rate was 5.5 percent. Between May 2015 and May 2014, U.S. total nonfarm employment increased 0.8 percent.
  • Texas total nonfarm employment increased by 33,200 jobs during May 2015. Between May 2014 and May 2015, Texas total nonfarm employment increased by 286,400 jobs or 2.31 percent.
  • The Texas unemployment rate was 4.3 percent for May 2015, down from 5.1 percent in May 2014.
  • The Texas unemployment rate has been at or below the national rate for 101 consecutive months.
  • A total of 8,664 building permits for single-family homes were issued in May 2015, 4.4 percent less than in May 2014. In the 12 months ending in May 2015, a total of 101,210 permits were issued, 11.29 percent more than in the previous year.
  • There were 3,291 multi-family building permits issued in May 2015, 50.85 percent less than in May 2014. During the 12 months ending in May 2015, a total of 61,214 permits were issued, 3.95 percent less than in the previous year.
  • In May 2015, there were 28,088 sales of existing single-family homes, 1.66% percent more than in May 2014.
  • • The U.S. consumer confidence index was 95.4 in May 2015, up 1.2 percent from April 2015, and 16.1 percent higher than one year ago.
  • • The Texas region's consumer confidence index was 130.5 in May 2015, up 7.5 percent from April 2015, and 0.5 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 $59.47 on June 30, 2015. The average crude oil futures settle price was $59.83 for June 2015.
  • NYMEX Natural gas futures reached a settle price of $2.832 on June 30, 2015. The average natural gas settle price was $2.77 June 2015.
  • Texas state sales tax receipts for May 2015 were 5.2 percent higher than for May 2014.
  • Sales tax collections in fiscal 2015 through May were 6.2 percent above collections for the same period in fiscal 2014.
  • Sales tax collections have increased for 62 consecutive months (year-over-year) , with improvement apparent across all major economic sectors.
  • Texas motor vehicle sales and rental tax collections for April 2015 were up 19.88 percent from April 2014.