Increasing local spending can lead to significant benefits in the Permian Basin Region including additional retail sales and jobs, as well as tax receipts to local entities. The Perryman Group estimated the economic benefits if people in the Region increased spending at local retail stores, restaurants, and personal services establishments to levels consistent with patterns in other areas. These amounts are fully adjusted to reflect goods and services that are available in the Permian Basin and income levels of area residents.
Drastic, but necessary, measures to "flatten the curve" and prevent a major spike in COVID-19 infections have involved shutting down much of the economy. The inevitable result has been the loss of millions of jobs and a sudden and unprecedented downturn.