Lagging Economic Indicators

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    August 13, 2014

    Dallas Is One of the Few Cities in America Where a Young Person Can Buy a House

    Dallas is among the 10 best cities in the country for young people to buy a home, according to a new National Association of Realtors report. "Buying a home," if you're under 35, is an old-timey activity practiced mostly by your parents and grandparents, sort of like using a rotary phone or having a ... More >>

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    March 20, 2014

    The Second Coming of Rick Perry's Manufactured Miracle

    Ever since his failed bid to be the Republican Party's nominee for President in 2012, Governor Rick Perry has been busy selling the rest of the country on Texas' economic policies, particularly as they relate to job creation. Perry's message to businesses across the country has been clear: Move your ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2013

    The Top Four Reasons Rick Perry Toured a Gun Factory the Day After a Mass Shooting

    You are a governor of a big state. Someone just shot and killed more than a dozen people in the nation's capital. Question: Should you tour a gun factory the next day? If you're Rick Perry, the clear answer is yes. As part of his job-poaching tour in Maryland, he took a look Wednesday around the Be ... More >>

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    June 3, 2013

    Unemployment Among Young Adults Decreasing in Texas, But Ever So Slowly

    The workers bearing the disproportionate brunt of the recession are young, underemployed or unemployed and struggling to gain a foothold at a critical stage in life. In Texas, the overall unemployment rate is 6.8 percent. The number of unemployed, aged 16 to 24, is more than double that, a report fi ... More >>

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    February 26, 2013

    Dallas is Adding More Good Jobs than Anywhere Else

    Five months ago, Dallas didn't even register on Forbes rundown of U.S. metro areas with the rosiest employment prospects, losing out to San Jose and Austin but also to Birmingham, Charleston, and Lakeland, Florida. That was a prediction based on a survey of employers' hiring predictions. Now that t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    My Bloody Valentine's Website Crash Shows What it Means to Be Indie in 2013

    My Bloody Valentine released a new album over the weekend, and by all accounts it's very good. There are a lot of thick, quavering guitars on it, you can't really hear the vocals, and nothing goes much like you expect it to, which is to say that if you enjoy My Bloody Valentine, you'll enjoy m b v. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    Texas Gives Away $19 Billion Each Year to Lure Business, More Than Any Other State

    Over the weekend, the New York Times took a hard look at the tax breaks and other incentives state and local governments dole out by the billions to lure businesses. As the magnitude of those gifts has increased over the years, corporations have learned to shop for the most lucrative deal, dangling ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    California is Now Creating More Jobs Than Texas

    Over the last several years, California has basically existed as a tutorial for how not to run a state government. It's faced years of crippling budget deficits, has had several of its cities declare bankruptcy, and has been hit especially hard by the recession, all with help from one of the nation' ... More >>

  • News

    April 19, 2012

    Mitt Romney: American Parasite

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

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    December 5, 2011

    Office of Economic Development Offers a Look at Where Dallas Lives, Works and Spends

    Click to enlarge this look-see from this afternoon's council briefing​A couple of months back the council's Economic Development Committee got a look at Dallas's workforce and jobs courtesy the Office of Economic Development, which asked: Does the city have the "wrong workforce or the wrong jobs?" ... More >>

  • News

    October 20, 2011

    What's Occupying Tom Leppert

    The Senate candidate doesn't like mobs of protesters. Someone alert the Tea Party.

  • News

    October 6, 2011

    Rick Perry's Manufactured Miracle

    Rick Perry's Texas is a job-making, low-taxing oasis of prosperity. It's also pure fantasy.

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2011

    Council Committee to Receive Briefing This Morning on Dallas's "Flat Employment" Rate

    ​In a few minutes, the council's Economic Development Committee will take up the subject of Dallas' Workforce and Jobs, which comes with this 29-page PowerPoint worth a look-see even if you're not planning on following along, which we are. Long story short: "In an ongoing weak national economy," s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2011

    Obama's Jobs Council Meets at SMU's Cox to Insist Infrastructure's the Way Back to Work

    Photo by Leslie MinoraThe mustachioed man in the middle is Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO​The day before the Labor Department broke the dismal news that the unemployment rate's unchanged and consumer confidence has "dropped sharply," students, professors and local business leaders fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2011

    Dallas Fed Head Attempts to "Separate Fact from Fiction" When It Comes to Texas Jobs

    Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas​Several Friends of Unfair Park, including a grumpy one below, have asked if we'll make mention of Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Fisher's speech given in Midland yesterday. Sure, absolutely, happy to. Because, first, I'm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    USA Today: "Move to Texas." Ish.

    ​In hotels all across the country this morning, folks are rising and shining to that bit of advice courtesy this state of the state, which, like everyone else, is just waiting for Rick Perry to jump into the pool of GOP candidates and begin talking about how The Great State of Texas is a jobs-maki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011

    Perry Signs for Cupcakes

    Free at last, free at last. Thank God almighty it's free at last.​Don't ever underestimate the power of pissed-off bakers. Gov. Rick Perry knows. That's why he signed Senate Bill 81 last week. (Because no candidate wants chocolate cake with thick butter cream icing thrown at his campaign bus i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2011

    Happy Days Are Near Again For DFW Market? So Insists National Retail Real-Estate Report.

    Marcus & Millichap​An old friend of mine was kind enough to forward along the hot-off-the-presses Marcus & Millichap National Retail Report, the must-read amongst real-estaters; insists my pal of the mixed-to-optimistic forecast, it's "a pretty thorough insight into the retail world." In w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    Ex-Mayor Kirk Addresses Soon-To-Be-Ex-Mayor Leppert and Other Tom Tidbits

    U.S. Conference of MayorsMayor Tom Leppert at a panel on job retention and creation yesterday in Washington, D.C.​That's not exactly what happened, sure, but this afternoon in Washington, D.C., at the 79th Winter Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk delivere ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2011

    Meet Thane Hayhurst, An Apparent Poster Boy for Job Creation Through Deregulation

    Dallas entrepreneur Thane Hayhurst works with computers.​From John Kramer at the Institute for Justice -- and it's funny, I was just staring down the barrel of my "Litigating for Liberty" hip flask -- comes the story of Dallas tech entrepreneur Thane Hayhurst, the "entrepreneurially driven David," ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2008

    Foster's Brook, or: The Dallas County Judge is Smarter Than He Lets On

    This should be said: One of the heroes in the otherwise ugly stupid saga of the inland port development in Southern Dallas has been Dallas County Judge Jim Foster.First of all: He figured it out. A very good source close to the county commissioners told me, "He's like a little detective. He's quiet, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2008

    DISD Enlists City Hall, United Way and Others to Help Teachers Find Jobs

    DISD school board trustee Carla Ranger Fifteen minutes before it was scheduled to begin this morning, Dallas Independent School Board trustee Carla Ranger posted this notice to her Web site: Dallas ISD, community leaders and businesses will launch a massive effort to help hundreds of teachers and ot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2008

    Why You Live in the DFW

    Because, notes the Friend of Unfair Park who sent this along, we've got lots of available land, falling unemployment rates and, dang it, because you're smart and beautiful. And, look, if Forbes said it, it must be true: Dallas-Fort Worth, we're officially "Recession-Proof"! --Robert Wilonsky

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    April 24, 2007

    Full-Court Press Releases

    Brian Harkin Someone told us the other day this photo of Sam Coats almost makes them wanna vote for the guy. "Makes him look tough." Which is one way of putting it. If a mayoral candidate has a beef with one of his fellow combatants, we usually hear about it -- in the form of a press release, which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2006

    Yeah, But, Again, Who Wants to Live in Houston?

    Apparently, the Dallas and Houston areas each added more than 60,000 new jobs in the past year, and each "has posted a slightly lower number of new housing permits," says here. Then why, wonders the Houston Chronicle, did home sales in Houston experience a "sharp" increase in September, while home s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2006

    Katrina: Bad for People, Good for Business

    According to this story, Hurricane Katrina might have devastated New Orleans and much of Louisiana, but it sure did blow a bunch of money Texas' way. The Bloomberg piece corresponds with a news release issued last month by the Texas Workforce Commission, which said Texas added 279,400 new jobs durin ... More >>