It seems that Houstonians are getting pretty darn comfortable swiping that plastic at the register again. So comfortable, in fact, that Houston has become the top city in the United States for rising credit card debt. We've finally made it onto the top of a list for something other than pollution, t ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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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 >>
Mitt Romney's years at Bain represent everything you hate about capitalism.
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 >>
Rick Perry is right: America can learn from Texas. He's just wrong about what the lesson is.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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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.
Want a subsidy for your corporate expansion? Local governments are ready with millions in property-tax abatements -- and very little oversight.