• The U.S. added 295,000 nonfarm jobs in February 2015 and the unemployment rate was 5.5 percent. Between February 2015 and February 2015, U.S. total nonfarm employment increased 2.4 percent.
  • Texas total nonfarm employment increased by 7,100 jobs during February 2015. Between February 2014 and February 2015, Texas total nonfarm employment increased by 357,300 jobs or 3.13 percent.
  • The Texas unemployment rate was 4.3 percent for February 2015, down from 5.7 percent in February 2014.
  • The Texas unemployment rate has been at or below the national rate for 98 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 January 2015, there were 17,986 sales of existing single-family homes, 0.6% percent more than in February 2014.
  • The U.S. consumer confidence index was 101.3 in March 2015 , up 2.5 percent from February 2015, and 20.8 percent higher than one year ago.
  • The Texas region's consumer confidence index was 126.2 in March 2015 , up 4 percent from February 2015, and 16.1 percent higher than one year ago.
  • Oil and natural gas production tax collections for the seven months of fiscal 2015 were 12.3 percent lower than during the same period in 2014.
  • NYMEX Crude oil futures reached a settle price of $53.29 on April 14, 2015. The average crude oil futures settle price was $47.85 for March 2015.
  • NYMEX Natural gas futures reached a settle price of $2.53 on April 14, 2015. The average natural gas settle price was $2.75 for March 2015.
  • Texas state sales tax receipts for March 2015 were 1.5 percent higher than for March 2014.
  • Sales tax collections in fiscal 2015 through March were 8.3 percent above collections for the same period in fiscal 2014.
  • Sales tax collections have increased for 60 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 2.9percent 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.