You've probably read about other food shortages that are causing serious problems across the country. Limes are damn near a dollar each these days, and that's driving up the cost of everything from margaritas to tacos. Now, though, something a whole lot worse is happening: A serious illness in pigs ... More >>
Your average U.S. truck driver in the makes something like $.30 or $.40 cents per mile. It's enough to make a living but not much else. Swap the 18-wheeler full of widgets for one full of Mexican marijuana, and the job becomes way, way more lucrative. Reliable data are tough to come by -- this part ... More >>
One more selfie here: This week I have a story in the print newspaper about City Hall's efforts to shut down a car wash in a poor neighborhood. It's actually the second time in a year that photographer Mark Graham and I have worked on a story about Jim's (no relation) Car Wash on Martin Luther King ... More >>
Hey, if you drop by here every once in a while and read this crap, then you may wonder, "What on earth is wrong with this guy?" I just want you to know, I have the same question. Today I finished reading the big editorial in our city's only daily newspaper -- all about "the high cost of blight" -- a ... More >>
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 >>
The feds say these people aren't in the labor force. That doesn't mean they're not working hard.
Or was it all three?
Here's hoping golfers take their eyes off the ball and see southern Dallas' desperation.
Breaking down the Morning News' cargo-cult approach to economic development.
First, the good news. The Dallas Fed's most recent economic numbers show that Texas' economy is growing. That growth is moderate, 2.4 percent for the year, but it's better than in the country as a whole. Energy is booming; so is construction. Even the government sector is expanding slightly, in a st ... More >>
Rick Perry's Texas is a job-making, low-taxing oasis of prosperity. It's also pure fantasy.
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 >>
That's how CBS News's Don Teague recaps yesterday's good news for the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro, which, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, added more jobs between April 2010 and April 2011 than any other part of the country -- 83,100, to be exact. Teague's report, which air ... More >>
Toothpaste for DinnerThis morning the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its latest look at employment and unemployment figures for Your Major Metropolitan Areas, and when they put the June '09 numbers next to the June '10 numbers, look at who comes out on top: "The largest over-the-year in ... More >>
When last we took a peek at Men's Health's list of America's fattest cities, Dallas came in at No. 6. But that was two years and, apparently, 13,923 trips to Whataburger ago. Because now: We're No. 4! We're No. 4! We're No. 4! And that ain't all: Corpus Christi comes in at No. 1; El Paso at No. 3 ... More >>
Kimberly ThorpeKwaku Twumasi had been out of work for seven months when he decided to try a new approach to job hunting -- right, the very one you see above. The 34-year-old SMU Cox School of Business graduate had exhausted the more traditional routes of job scouting, like mailing resumes and net ... More >>
ExxonMobil's Irving HQ, or "The Hall of Justice" No? I hear it's lovely this time of year. But only because it's the 57th-bestest, er, city in the whole danged country. Says so on New Geography's 2008 list, which may be a old news, dunno, but which I discovered this morning whilst reading the great ... More >>
Who are the best bartenders in Dallas?
Tired of poor service? You can thank the booming economy.
A shortage of workers spells happy times for job-seekers and college graduates