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Economic Indicators

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    Harris County "Doing Well," But Some Surrounding Counties Are Doing Better

    Harris, Montgomery, Fort Bend, Brazoria, Galveston and Chambers counties make up a little East Texas pocket of "doing better." That's according to a New York Times graphic released last week. The Times ranked every county in the United States by median household income, unemployment rate, disabili ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    Minimum-Wage Increase Could Mean Higher Restaurant Prices

    Last Tuesday during President Obama's State of the Union address, fast-food workers and their fellow minimum-wage workers were an important topic. Obama called for the minimum wage for federal workers to be raised from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour. He also called for an increase in the minimum wa ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 19, 2013
  • Blogs

    November 26, 2013

    Latest From the Right Wing Fever Swamp: Census Bureau Faked 2012 Jobs Report

    There are certain political news-consumers who choose their media diet fastidiously: if it's not right wing, it's not on the menu. These media "swamps" are the places where the Birthers lurk, Benghazi is a massive cover-up, and -- despite the fact that the Dow Jones closed over 16,000 for the first ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2013

    Houston Market Continues Its Explosion in July

    According to a report from the Houston Association of Realtors, the city of Houston had its biggest single month of home sales ever in July. This continues the housing boom of 2013 that has seen dramatic increases in the number of homes sold and the sharp rise in home prices. All of this has been fu ... More >>

  • News

    August 1, 2013

    Home Sweet Almost: The Current State of the Houston Housing Market

    The offer on the house you make today may be undercut tomorrow by the new rules governing appraisals.

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2013

    Boom or Bust: How the Exploding Housing Market in Houston is Complicating Matters for Buyers and Sellers

    We never expected to find a home as quickly as we did. When my fiancée and I started looking, we assumed we would casually search until after our wedding in October, then get serious. But as we watched interest rates slowly begin to tick upward, we decided to speed up the process. Even then, we ass ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    Perry Spokesperson Welcomes Obama to Texas. Perry Himself? Not So Much

    Sometimes, silence truly is deafening. Rick Perry spends an awful lot of time engaging anyone who will listen around the country on why they ought to move to Texas. It's good for business. We got lots o' guns. We let you live the way you want to live. We don't have no dad-gum income taxes. We're jus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2013

    Houston, You're Damn Mellow When It Comes To Finances (Really?)

    A new study claims Houston is one of the best cities in the country when it comes to not getting too stressed about personal finances. This "Houston" that CardHub.com is talking about is apparently the one right here in Texas -- the one where we don't know too many people who aren't "stressed about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2013

    Austin, Houston and Dallas Top Three in Fastest Growing Cities in America

    I'm pretty sure everyone outside of Texas hates the phrase "everything's big in Texas" about as much as every person in Houston hates the phrase "Houston, we have a problem." But, I'm about to drop it on you one more time because, according to Forbes, the top three fastest growing cities in America ... More >>

  • News

    July 5, 2012

    Phone Yawns

    Checking your cell.

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2012

    What If Rick Perry Wasn't Rick Perry? He'd Be Kicking Obama's Ass, For One Thing

    What if Rick Perry had never said, "Oops"? What if he could have, for Christ's sake, just remembered that he had wanted to gut the Department of Energy? What if he hadn't climbed into a tan coat and Brett Favre jeans and released that abominable Youtube video -- you know, the gay one. &nbs ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • News

    April 19, 2012

    American Parasite

    Mitt Romney's years at Bain represent everything you hate about capitalism.

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2012

    A Man's World: 88 Percent of Jobs Created in Recovery Have Gone to Men

    If you thought somehow the days of gender equality were here, an interesting piece by Bloomberg News offers evidence to the contrary: 88 percent of the jobs created since the recession officially ended in June 2009 have gone to men. One economist uses the awful phrase "man-covery" to describe it. ... More >>

  • News

    October 6, 2011

    Miracle Faker

    Rick Perry is right: America can learn from Texas. He's just wrong about what the lesson is.

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    Rick Perry's Top 10 "Oh Faces": A Soundtrack

    mysanantonio.comGig 'em!​Once again, Texas is front and center on the national political stage, our spokesman an almost cartoon-like embodiment of every Lone Star stereotype: Fast-talkin', gun-lovin', bible-thumpin', boot-wearin', oil-worshipping, death penalty happy, larger-than-life right-wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2010

    $2.99 Southern Point Wine from...Walgreens

    ​It's called Southern Point, retails for $2.99, and you can only get it at Walgreens. Oh, and it's as good as any $10 to $12 wine in recent memory. Yes, Walgreens. America's largest retail drugstore brought wine and beer back to its shelves earlier this year, ending a nearly 15-year sales b ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 4, 2009

    Glenn Beck

    Web exclusive!

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2009

    Rick Perry Chooses The Perfect Place To Make A Bold Stand

    Photo courtesy rickperry.orgGovernor Rick Perry boldly announced today that he won't take a half-billion in federal stimulus funding because...part-time workers might benefit.There's a stance for you.The proposed stimulus funds are designated for unemployment benefits, but come with a mandate that p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2009

    Some Recession Survival Tips For Houstonians

    Remember that Houston energy-industry buffer that some economists were talking about? The one that would protect us, at least for a while, from the free-falling economic recession the US (and most of the world) now finds itself in? Well, it's gone. The unemployment rate is rising, the number of n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2009

    The Last Piece Of Good Economic News?

    The 88 major job markets across the U.S. lost a total of 1.2 million jobs in 2008, according to a study by Bizjournals.Only 15 of the 88 markets saw a job increase in the year. And the city with the largest increase of all -- Houston.We added 57,300 jobs in 2008. While that may have been a good mont ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2009

    Environment Texas Wants More Solar Power (Big Surprise)

    Environment Texas held a press conference today in front of the Mirabeau B. Sales Center at the corner of Waugh and Hyde Park to, excuse the pun, shed light on the positives of solar energy, specifically in terms of promoting "green" collar job growth in the solar power industry and reducing energy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2008
  • Blogs

    August 28, 2008

    Houston: It Sucks, But You Can Find Work

    Houston may be a sweltering furnace most of the year battling some of the worst pollution in the country, but according to recent employment numbers, it’s a great place to live. Yesterday, the United States Department of Labor released stats showing that the Houston area is second only to Dallas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2008

    UH Prof Isn't Optimistic About Jobs

    Don’t hold your breath if you’re expecting the economy to rebound anytime soon. At least that’s what one local economic forecaster is saying. According to Barton Smith, head of the University of Houston Institute for Regional Forecasting, all signs right now suggest that the sluggish economy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2008

    Houston Still Seeing Job Growth (Thank Christ)

    Houston may not be big on that hip, trendy stuff like recycling, but we are kicking ass in a different category -- job growth. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has just released its June 2008 report on job growth in the country's 12 largest metropolitan areas. Houston leads the way.

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2008
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    July 27, 2007
  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Local Boy Made Good

    Coffee king Carlos de Aldecoa Bueno

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Houston Info on the Web

    Houston Association of Realtors

  • News

    June 19, 2003

    Taking the Plunge

    Saad Mahmoud is a Rice engineering grad. Instead of fielding $60,000-a-year job offers, he's been trading manual-labor skills for rent-free living -- while waiting out one of the worst job markets in two decades.

  • News

    August 3, 2000

    Tax Lean

    Want a subsidy for your corporate expansion? Local governments are ready with millions in property-tax abatements -- and very little oversight.

  • News

    March 23, 1995

    Got Mad, Got Even

    Two former HL&P workers took revenge against the Light Company, but say the city settled for "chump change"

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