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Table A7
Texas, Regional and U.S. Leading Economic Indicators, By Month
April 1996 to April 2001
Year Month Texas
Initial
Unemployment
Claims
Texas
Average
Manufacturing
Workweek
(Hours)
Texas
Help-
Wanted
Index(1)
Texas
Retail
Sales
(MIl$)
Taxable
Oil
Price
($/BBL)
Texas
Stock
Index(2)
Texas
Housing
Permits
Texas
New
Business
Incorporations
West South
Central States
Consumer
Confidence
Index(3)
U.S.
Leading
Economic
Indicator
Index(4)
Texas
Composite
Leading
Economic
Indicator
Index(5)
1996 Apr 65,532 42.9 134.6 14,249 21.43 44.03 9,188 3,864 114.8 99.6 141.7
  May 63,893 42.9 133.8 14,448 18.34 44.62 10,377 3,808 113.8 100.0 141.9
  Jun 56,973 43.2 131.2 13,731 19.07 44.06 9,336 3,485 113.8 100.4 141.9
  Jul 66,317 43.3 132.7 14,226 20.05 40.86 10,297 3,801 117.7 100.5 142.3
  Aug 59,877 43.3 132.6 14,279 20.15 42.78 9,487 3,926 119.4 100.5 143.0
  Sep 59,441 43.1 133.1 14,041 21.29 45.43 8,742 3,814 123.3 100.7 143.4
  Oct 64,798 43.0 134.9 14,685 21.28 47.19 9,150 4,113 127.8 100.7 144.0
  Nov 59,405 43.1 143.9 14,465 21.53 51.43 10,443 3,623 115.6 100.9 144.6
  Dec 65,903 43.8 128.8 14,079 23.04 51.13 12,760 3,474 118.2 100.9 144.1
(1) 1989 = 100 (2) December 1997 (NSA) = 100 (3) 1985 = 100 (4) 1996 = 100 (5) January 1981 = 100
Note: All figures are seasonally adjusted.
SOURCES: Carole Keeton Rylander, Texas Comptroller; Texas Workforce Commission; U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; U.S. Bureau of the Census; Texas Secretary of State's Office; The Conference Board; and U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

April 1996 to April 2001
Year Month Texas
Initial
Unemployment
Claims
Texas
Average
Manufacturing
Workweek
(Hours)
Texas
Help-
Wanted
Index(1)
Texas
Retail
Sales
(MIl$)
Taxable
Oil
Price
($/BBL)
Texas
Stock
Index(2)
Texas
Housing
Permits
Texas
New
Business
Incorporations
West South
Central States
Consumer
Confidence
Index(3)
U.S.
Leading
Economic
Indicator
Index(4)
Texas
Composite
Leading
Economic
Indicator
Index(5)
1997 Jan 66,608 42.3 141.6 14,496 23.98 56.21 9,026 4,426 122.3 101.3 145.6
  Feb 64,958 43.4 141.6 14,615 21.00 57.12 9,185 3,876 121.0 102.0 145.4
  Mar 58,958 43.6 143.1 14,608 19.34 56.13 9,682 3,645 130.1 102.0 146.0
  Apr 65,914 43.5 146.7 14,466 17.68 59.05 10,623 4,221 129.1 102.0 146.6
  May 62,429 43.5 144.7 14,433 18.41 68.05 9,204 3,997 138.4 102.4 147.0
  Jun 60,301 43.3 144.6 14,549 17.75 69.09 10,175 3,732 136.8 102.6 147.3
  Jul 64,913 43.3 146.6 14,696 17.56 85.11 10,105 4,118 127.2 103.2 147.8
  Aug 62,437 43.7 144.7 14,731 17.67 85.46 10,026 3,777 135.9 103.4 148.1
  Sep 63,862 43.7 152.8 14,702 16.45 98.36 13,269 3,955 135.2 103.6 149.4
  Oct 60,860 43.8 151.0 14,696 17.54 92.04 10,856 4,548 133.4 103.9 149.8
  Nov 54,839 43.9 150.7 14,730 17.37 93.36 9,852 3,571 138.7 104.0 149.6
  Dec 59,022 44.0 144.0 14,756 16.13 100.00 11,341 4,154 140.8 103.9 150.1
(1) 1989 = 100 (2) December 1997 (NSA) = 100 (3) 1985 = 100 (4) 1996 = 100 (5) January 1981 = 100
Note: All figures are seasonally adjusted.
SOURCES: Carole Keeton Rylander, Texas Comptroller; Texas Workforce Commission; U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; U.S. Bureau of the Census; Texas Secretary of State's Office; The Conference Board; and U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

April 1996 to April 2001
Year Month Texas
Initial
Unemployment
Claims
Texas
Average
Manufacturing
Workweek
(Hours)
Texas
Help-
Wanted
Index(1)
Texas
Retail
Sales
(MIl$)
Taxable
Oil
Price
($/BBL)
Texas
Stock
Index(2)
Texas
Housing
Permits
Texas
New
Business
Incorporations
West South
Central States
Consumer
Confidence
Index(3)
U.S.
Leading
Economic
Indicator
Index(4)
Texas
Composite
Leading
Economic
Indicator
Index(5)
1998 Jan 58,524 43.9 151.7 15,114 14.93 102.80 9,359 4,007 136.8 104.2 150.2
  Feb 56,001 43.7 154.9 15,228 13.98 111.59 11,502 4,038 145.9 104.8 151.4
  Mar 60,717 43.7 154.3 15,400 13.25 117.39 15,216 4,084 140.7 105.0 151.7
  Apr 57,365 43.2 154.8 15,483 13.08 116.07 12,272 4,106 136.6 105.1 151.8
  May 59,059 44.3 154.3 15,595 12.83 113.55 13,100 4,185 135.9 105.1 152.1
  Jun 62,451 43.9 153.4 15,633 12.11 114.28 13,245 4,288 134.1 104.9 152.0
  Jul 64,403 43.8 144.1 15,572 12.03 111.32 13,065 4,267 134.9 105.5 151.7
  Aug 59,292 43.6 149.6 15,565 11.49 96.53 13,136 4,149 135.2 105.5 152.1
  Sep 61,766 43.1 141.2 15,601 12.13 102.90 13,586 4,297 127.4 105.3 152.0
  Oct 65,023 43.9 144.1 15,799 11.61 112.44 13,633 4,004 126.4 105.5 152.1
  Nov 67,890 43.8 143.2 15,895 10.74 116.88 11,001 4,052 121.1 106.4 151.7
  Dec 68,483 43.6 141.9 16,032 9.66 120.72 12,656 4,170 128.3 106.7 152.2
(1) 1989 = 100 (2) December 1997 (NSA) = 100 (3) 1985 = 100 (4) 1996 = 100 (5) January 1981 = 100
Note: All figures are seasonally adjusted.
SOURCES: Carole Keeton Rylander, Texas Comptroller; Texas Workforce Commission; U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; U.S. Bureau of the Census; Texas Secretary of State's Office; The Conference Board; and U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

April 1996 to April 2001
Year Month Texas
Initial
Unemployment
Claims
Texas
Average
Manufacturing
Workweek
(Hours)
Texas
Help-
Wanted
Index(1)
Texas
Retail
Sales
(MIl$)
Taxable
Oil
Price
($/BBL)
Texas
Stock
Index(2)
Texas
Housing
Permits
Texas
New
Business
Incorporations
West South
Central States
Consumer
Confidence
Index(3)
U.S.
Leading
Economic
Indicator
Index(4)
Texas
Composite
Leading
Economic
Indicator
Index(5)
1999 Jan 64,169 43.6 143.3 16,287 11.11 126.63 13,457 4,180 123.5 107.4 153.2
  Feb 67,611 43.5 146.1 16,577 10.48 123.02 13,204 4,187 128.2 107.8 153.4
  Mar 72,424 43.5 139.7 16,611 13.25 122.47 12,522 4,310 129.8 108.0 153.6
  Apr 69,788 43.9 141.5 16,639 15.34 125.26 11,743 4,415 127.9 107.8 154.4
  May 69,251 43.5 140.5 16,777 15.99 126.14 11,160 4,067 130.7 108.4 154.5
  Jun 69,791 43.4 137.4 17,079 17.21 132.46 11,147 4,609 136.0 108.9 155.4
  Jul 62,917 43.4 136.4 17,248 18.23 131.97 12,855 4,462 138.5 109.4 156.3
  Aug 64,929 43.4 135.8 17,461 19.30 130.06 12,276 4,552 138.3 109.3 156.5
  Sep 66,301 43.3 131.3 17,450 20.31 129.25 11,050 4,649 137.6 109.1 156.4
  Oct 59,508 43.2 130.5 17,513 19.78 133.01 11,532 4,495 141.8 109.3 157.1
  Nov 63,778 43.2 128.3 17,661 22.70 136.69 11,967 4,860 144.3 109.8 157.7
  Dec 57,297 43.4 132.9 17,906 25.49 136.50 11,688 4,841 143.2 110.4 158.9
(1) 1989 = 100 (2) December 1997 (NSA) = 100 (3) 1985 = 100 (4) 1996 = 100 (5) January 1981 = 100
Note: All figures are seasonally adjusted.
SOURCES: Carole Keeton Rylander, Texas Comptroller; Texas Workforce Commission; U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; U.S. Bureau of the Census; Texas Secretary of State's Office; The Conference Board; and U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

April 1996 to April 2001
Year Month Texas
Initial
Unemployment
Claims
Texas
Average
Manufacturing
Workweek
(Hours)
Texas
Help-
Wanted
Index(1)
Texas
Retail
Sales
(MIl$)
Taxable
Oil
Price
($/BBL)
Texas
Stock
Index(2)
Texas
Housing
Permits
Texas
New
Business
Incorporations
West South
Central States
Consumer
Confidence
Index(3)
U.S.
Leading
Economic
Indicator
Index(4)
Texas
Composite
Leading
Economic
Indicator
Index(5)
2000 Jan 49,759 43.2 132.5 18,041 26.86 130.18 10,357 4,446 149.3 110.7 159.3
  Feb 61,173 43.4 136.1 18,200 28.36 129.88 11,545 4,950 138.1 110.3 159.5
  Mar 56,718 43.3 137.8 18,281 29.53 138.64 11,420 5,203 138.2 110.5 160.5
  Apr 55,425 43.6 137.3 18,291 24.49 137.12 10,307 4,523 140.9 110.5 159.9
  May 67,906 43.2 136.6 18,333 27.57 134.71 11,732 5,017 143.0 110.3 160.3
  Jun 59,826 43.3 136.0 18,413 31.46 129.56 11,757 4,674 140.9 110.3 160.8
  Jul 58,191 43.4 135.6 18,535 28.95 131.44 10,016 4,219 145.0 109.8 160.5
  Aug 66,716 43.2 135.6 18,532 29.68 136.31 10,935 5,280 136.3 109.7 161.2
  Sep 60,559 43.1 134.2 18,704 29.75 134.15 11,471 4,646 147.4 109.8 161.6
  Oct 66,544 43.1 131.4 18,708 29.60 132.61 11,530 4,991 137.8 109.4 161.4
  Nov 66,220 42.9 121.4 18,629 31.54 121.03 12,060 4,849 137.1 109.1 160.9
  Dec 56,791 42.5 120.5 18,658 28.34 121.01 9,730 4,024 124.2 108.6 160.1
(1) 1989 = 100 (2) December 1997 (NSA) = 100 (3) 1985 = 100 (4) 1996 = 100 (5) January 1981 = 100
Note: All figures are seasonally adjusted.
SOURCES: Carole Keeton Rylander, Texas Comptroller; Texas Workforce Commission; U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; U.S. Bureau of the Census; Texas Secretary of State's Office; The Conference Board; and U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

April 1996 to April 2001
Year Month Texas
Initial
Unemployment
Claims
Texas
Average
Manufacturing
Workweek
(Hours)
Texas
Help-
Wanted
Index(1)
Texas
Retail
Sales
(MIl$)
Taxable
Oil
Price
($/BBL)
Texas
Stock
Index(2)
Texas
Housing
Permits
Texas
New
Business
Incorporations
West South
Central States
Consumer
Confidence
Index(3)
U.S.
Leading
Economic
Indicator
Index(4)
Texas
Composite
Leading
Economic
Indicator
Index(5)
2001 Jan 69,805 43.1 118.2 18,968 29.35 132.87 12,792 4,988 126.8 109.0 161.0
  Feb 69,009 43.0 103.5 18,947 28.19 121.27 11,443 4,596 123.4 108.8 159.4
  Mar 73,086 43.1 100.4 18,887 25.56 111.21 11,974 4,485 122.8 108.6 158.9
  Apr 81,293 42.5 94.5 19,010 24.25 118.35 12,652 4,552 122.7 108.7 158.4
Average Annual Percent Change, April 1996-April 2001:
4.4 -0.2 -6.8 5.9 2.5 21.9 6.6 3.3 1.3 1.8 2.3
(1) 1989 = 100 (2) December 1997 (NSA) = 100 (3) 1985 = 100 (4) 1996 = 100 (5) January 1981 = 100
Note: All figures are seasonally adjusted.
SOURCES: Carole Keeton Rylander, Texas Comptroller; Texas Workforce Commission; U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; U.S. Bureau of the Census; Texas Secretary of State's Office; The Conference Board; and U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.