What happened to Texas' jobless rate last month?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on December 21, 2020

Dr. Perryman explains some factors contributing to the rise in state unemployment rate.

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.

Unemployment
Column Published in syndication May 13, 2020

The latest job loss numbers are tragic, but not unexpected considering the COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to control its spread. Total nonfarm payroll employment fell by 20.5 million in April, with losses across all major sectors. The unemployment rate rose to 14.7%, a 10.3 percentage point increase over March. It's the highest rate and the largest increase in the history of the series and will likely get worse.

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.