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Dallas is no longer an Energy Town, but Houston sure is…

By |April 18th, 2016|Graphic, Pic of the Week|

The economic personalities of the Dallas and Houston metro areas are a bit Jekyll and Hyde at the moment. The Dallas-Ft. Worth metro area has added jobs at an increasing pace since the recession ended, reaching an astounding job growth rate of nearly 5% over the past 12 months. Dallas has largely ignored the collapse in the oil and [...]

Energy Collapse Weighs Further on Colorado Hiring

By |April 5th, 2016|Graphic, Pic of the Week|

We often refer to Colorado as one of the ‘Super States.’ That select group of high-performing states with strong job and wage growth, rapid in-migration of new residents, an educated workforce, abundant high-tech activity, and so on. You get the picture. But it is the old fashioned commodity markets, particularly crude oil and natural gas, that are once again acting as a ball and chain to slow down hiring in The Centennial State. The oil and gas industry hit the wall at the end of 2014, and it continues to take some of the starch out of job growth in the state. […]

In the News: RegionTrack Research on Child Care Cited

By |March 17th, 2016|In the News|

Mark Snead was cited in a recent report on the child care sector in Mississippi prepared by the Hechinger Report and that appeared in the Clarion Ledger.

In the News: Forbes Story on RegionTrack’s 50-State Child Care Study

By |March 17th, 2016|In the News|

Forbes Magazine recently covered a RegionTrack report on the role of child care at the state level.

Areas of Oklahoma Will Struggle to Add Jobs in ’16

By |February 18th, 2016|Forecasting, Graphic, Maps, Pic of the Week|

The collapse in energy prices (both crude oil and natural gas) will continue to weigh on much of the Oklahoma economy in 2016. Statewide, our projected job loss is -0.6% on a year-over-year basis. The weakness should be widespread but concentrated in a few regions. The map of job growth below (see a dynamic version here) illustrates the [...]