What will affect job growth in Texas in the future?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on February 20, 2020

As the national labor market tightens, fewer people need to move to Texas for better job opportunities. This shift, along with other factors, will alter trends in job development in the future.

How do Dreamers contribute to the economy?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on June 13, 2019

The House of Representatives recently passed a bill that would provide permanent protections for the so-called "Dreamers" and a path to citizenship.

What does the record number of job openings indicate about the state of the labor market and economy overall?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on August 08, 2017

The Labor Department says June was one for the record books with 6.2 million job openings. That is the highest ever.

What do the June jobs numbers indicate about the labor market and the economy as a whole?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on July 07, 2017

Employers added a robust 222,000 jobs in June, the most in four months. Dr. Perryman says it's a continuation of a pattern we've seen for several years.

What will the future workforce likely look like, and what changes can be expected in the labor market?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on May 17, 2017

The Bureau of Labor Statistics is out with a report of what the future of the workforce will look like in 2060, and Dr. Perryman finds it quite troubling.

What is the current state of the labor market?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on May 16, 2017

Dr. Perryman tells us recent indicators suggest the labor market is in one of the best positions it's been in decades.

Dr. Perryman reflects on the labor market on Labor Day
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on September 05, 2016

There are more people working in the US now than at any point in history and the labor market is improving, but there are still challenges.

Help Wanted!!
Column Published in syndication September 22, 2021

From June to July 2021 (the latest available data), the number of job openings was up 749,000 to 10.9 million, the highest level since the US Bureau of Labor Statistics started keeping such records in December 2000. The largest increases in available positions occurred in health care and social assistance (+294,000), finance and insurance (+116,000), and accommodation and food services (+115,000).

Jobs Snapshot
Column Published in syndication November 06, 2019

The US labor market is tight, with national unemployment rates well below the 4% level commonly considered "full employment." There is perhaps some modest slack, with millions unemployed and others working part-time when they'd rather be working full time. Nonetheless, there are ample signs that even this limited supply of potential workers is diminishing in most markets and industries.

Change is Coming!
Column Published in syndication May 10, 2017

The next few decades will bring major changes in the US labor market. The growth rate will slow and the labor force will become older and more diverse. The percentage of the population which is working will also continue to fall. The implications for businesses, the economy, and society are profound. Let's look at a few of the major trends.