• The U.S. added 151,000 nonfarm jobs in February 2016 and the unemployment rate was 4.9 percent. Between February 2016 and February 2015, U.S. total nonfarm employment increased 1.9 percent.
  • Texas total nonfarm employment increased by 2,100 jobs during February 2016. Between February 2015 and February 2016, Texas total nonfarm employment increased by 170,900 jobs or 1.4 percent.
  • The Texas unemployment rate was 4.4 percent for February 2016, equal to the 4.4 percent rate in February 2015.
  • The Texas unemployment rate has been at or below the national rate for 110 consecutive months.
  • A total of 8140 building permits for single-family homes were issued in February 2016, 15.6 percent more than in February 2015. In the 12 months ending in February 2016, a total of 99,622 permits were issued, 1 percent less than in the previous year.
  • There were 4,091 multi-family building permits issued in February 2016, 22.2 percent less than in February 2015. During the 12 months ending in February 2016, a total of 67,647 permits were issued, 1.7 percent more than in the previous year.
  • In February 2016, there were 20,384 sales of existing single-family homes, 8.9 percent more than in February 2015. During the 12 months ending in February 2016, a total of 311,899 existing single-family homes were sold, 4.9 percent more than in the previous year.
  • The U.S. consumer confidence index was 96.2 in March 2016, up 2.4 percent from February 2016, and 5.1 percent lower than one year ago.
  • The Texas region's consumer confidence index was 99.1 in March 2016, down 6.6 percent from February 2016, and 22.1 percent lower than one year ago.
  • Oil and natural gas production tax collections for the first seven months of fiscal 2016 were 50 percent lower than collections during the same period in 2015.
  • NYMEX Crude oil futures reached a settle price of $38.34 on March 31, 2016. The average crude oil futures settle price was $37.96 for March 2016.
  • NYMEX Natural gas futures reached a settle price of $1.9590 on March 31, 2016. The average natural gas settle price was $1.81 March 2016.
  • Total state sales tax collections for March 2016 were 2.1 percent higher than in March 2015.
  • For fiscal 2016 through March 2016, total state sales tax collections were 2.6 percent below the same period in 2015.
  • Texas motor vehicle sales and rental tax collections for March 2016 were up 2.6 percent from March 2015.