How do the latest unemployment numbers relate to other fixtures in the economy?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on April 17, 2020

Unemployment numbers point to various other difficulties within the economy in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

What is the comparison between the current economy and the Great Depression?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on April 10, 2020

While some are drawing comparisons between current unemployment numbers and those of the Great Depression, Dr. Perryman explains that there are fundamental differences in the two situations. 

What do the November employment numbers indicate about the labor market and the economy as a whole?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on December 06, 2019

Employers added 266,000 jobs in November and unemployment falls to a 50 year low.

How many jobs were added in Texas in June, and what was the unemployment rate?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on July 22, 2019

The Texas Workforce Commission's June employment report shows employers added 45,000 jobs. Dr. Perryman calls the results quite encouraging.

Is it possible for the unemployment rate to be too low?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on July 02, 2019

Can a state's unemployment rate actually fall too low? According to Dr. Perryman, we are learning that the answer is yes, it can.

What did the April jobs report reveal about the job market and the economy as a whole?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on May 03, 2019

The Labor Department says employers added 263,000 jobs in April while the unemployment rate fell to a five-decade low of 3.2%.

What does the unemployment rate say about the economy overall?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on February 03, 2017

President Trump inherits an economy with an unemployment rate of 4.8% with the addition of 227,000 jobs in January.

Working
Column Published in syndication June 22, 2022

May was another solid month for the Texas job market, with the state posting by far the largest gain across the nation (+74,200), well above California (+42,900) and New York (+26,800). Texas was also near the top in percentage increase, an unusual feat for such a large state.

A Most Remarkable Number!
Column Published in syndication December 15, 2021

It is no exaggeration to say that I have seen millions of numbers every week since the late 1970s (comments regarding my social life are neither encouraged nor welcomed). On those rare occasions when one startles me, I can't help but mention it.

The Wrong Answer
Column Published in syndication May 19, 2021

Texas recently opted out of federal unemployment compensation related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the $300 weekly supplement. The reason often given is that there are as many job openings as there are Texans receiving benefits, with the implication being that people will now be more eager to enter the workforce.