• The U.S. added 223,000 nonfarm jobs in April 2015 and the unemployment rate was 5.4 percent. Between April 2015 and April 2014, U.S. total nonfarm employment increased 2.2 percent.
  • Texas total nonfarm employment increased by 1,400 jobs during April 2015. Between April 2014 and April 2015, Texas total nonfarm employment increased by 287,000 jobs or 2.50 percent.
  • The Texas unemployment rate was 4.2 percent for April 2015, down from 5.2 percent in April 2014.
  • The Texas unemployment rate has been at or below the national rate for 100 consecutive months.
  • A total of 7,731 building permits for single-family homes were issued in February 2015, 7.9 percent more than in February 2014. In the 12 months ending in February 2015, a total of 96,568 permits were issued, 10.6 percent more than in the previous year .
  • There were 5,938   multi-family building permits issued in February 2015, 33.7 percent more than in February 2014. During the 12 months ending in February 2015, a total of 64,651 permits were issued, 17 percent more than in the previous year .
  • In April 2015, there were 25,906 sales of existing single-family homes, 5.4% percent more than in April 2014.
  • The U.S. consumer confidence index was 95.2 in April 2015, down 6.1 percent from March 2015, and 16.5 percent higher than one year ago.
  • The Texas region's consumer confidence index was 116.8 in April 2015, down 2.7 percent from March 2015, and 8.1 percent lower than one year ago.
  • Oil and natural gas production tax collections for the eight months of fiscal 2015 were 18.1 percent lower than during the same period in 2014.
  • NYMEX Crude oil futures reached a settle price of $60.72 on May 21, 2015. The average crude oil futures settle price was $54.62 for April 2015.
  • NYMEX Natural gas futures reached a settle price of $2.94 on May 21, 2015. The average natural gas settle price was $2.59 April 2015.
  • Texas state sales tax receipts for April 2015 were 1.1 percent higher than for April 2014.
  • Sales tax collections in fiscal 2015 through April were 6.5 percent above collections for the same period in fiscal 2014.
  • Sales tax collections have increased for 61 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 March 2015 were up 16.3 percent from March 2014.