THE ECONOMIST: Pain at the pump

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The price of gasoline remains elevated, with the national average briefly surpassing $5 per gallon before retreating modestly. In parts of the country (particularly...

THE ECONOMIST: Working

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May was another solid month for the Texas job market, with the state posting by far the largest gain across the nation (+74,200), well...

THE ECONOMIST: Double whammy!

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Things are tough for anyone trying to purchase a house, with a double whammy of rising prices and increasing interest rates. Inventories are very...

THE ECONOMIST: (Lots of) Help wanted

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Job openings in Texas reached an all-time high in February at 932,000, far exceeding unemployment (about 635,000 at present). While that’s beneficial for those...

THE ECONOMIST: Drilling activity rebounds

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The number of oil and natural gas drilling permits issued by the Texas Railroad Commission reached an all-time high in March, at over 1,100....

THE ECONOMIST: Emergency! Odessa faces a crossroads

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Our decision in the upcoming school bond election will define our future (no exaggeration!). The economic case is straightforward. As we transition into a climate-sensitive...

THE ECONOMIST: Russia and Texas

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The recent invasion of Ukraine by Russia is generating questions regarding how important Russia is to the Texas economy, particularly as policies restricting trade...

THE ECONOMIST: Texas shows momentum

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The past two years have been difficult, but the path forward is encouraging! Many parts of Texas have now reached or exceeded pre-pandemic employment...

THE ECONOMIST: Trade is essential

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Since the beginnings of people living in social groups millennia ago, goods have been exchanged in some form. Through imports and exports, consumer choice...

THE ECONOMIST: Petrodollar paranoia

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Recently, there has been much focus on the “petrodollar” and whether it will continue as the currency of choice in the oil market. China...