• The U.S. added 215,000 nonfarm jobs in August 2015 and the unemployment rate was 5.3 percent. Between August 2015 and August 2014, U.S. total nonfarm employment increased 1.7 percent.
  • Texas total nonfarm employment increased by 31,400 jobs during July 2015. Between July 2014 and July 2015, Texas total nonfarm employment increased by 236,500 jobs or 2 percent.
  • The Texas unemployment rate was 4.2 percent for July 2015, down from 5.0 percent in July 2014.
  • The Texas unemployment rate has been at or below the national rate for 103 consecutive months.
  • A total of 8,915 building permits for single-family homes were issued in July 2015, 3.8 percent less than in July 2014. In the 12 months ending in July 2015, a total of 101,271 permits were issued, 8.1 percent more than in the previous year.
  • There were 5,786 multi-family building permits issued in July 2015, 30.7 percent more than in July 2014. During the 12 months ending in July 2015, a total of 65,913 permits were issued, 3.2 percent more than in the previous year.
  • In July 2015, there were 32,202 sales of existing single-family homes, 11.2% percent more than in July 2014.
  • The U.S. consumer confidence index was 101.5 in August 2015, up 11.6 percent from July 2015, and 8.7 percent higher than one year ago.
  • The Texas region's consumer confidence index was 106.9 in August 2015, down 3 percent from July 2015, and 12 percent lower than one year ago.
  • Oil and natural gas production tax collections for fiscal 2015 were 28 percent lower than collections during fiscal 2014.
  • NYMEX Crude oil futures reached a settle price of $49.20 on August 31, 2015. The average crude oil futures settle price was $42.89 for August 2015.
  • NYMEX Natural gas futures reached a settle price of $2.689 on August 31, 2015. The average natural gas settle price was $2.75 August 2015.
  • Texas state sales tax receipts for July 2015 were 2.7 percent higher than for July 2014.
  • Sales tax collections in fiscal 2015 through July were 4.4 percent above collections for the same period in fiscal 2014.
  • Texas motor vehicle sales and rental tax collections for April 2015 were up 19.88 percent from April 2014.