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Travis County Economic Development & Strategic Investments

Economy Dashboard

The Economy Dashboard reviews nine different aspects of the economy which provide insight into how it is functioning. The metrics include information about consumer confidence, consumer price, pending home sales, sales tax revenue, unemployment rate, non-farm payroll, airport activity, and indexes on the state and local economic outlook.

The metrics include information at the global, national, state, metropolitan area, county or city level and spans the years 2000 to present or 2019 to present. Data available from 2000-present allows you to see the difference in impact between the tech bust in 2001, the Great Recession in 2008 and COVID-19 beginning in March 2020. Metrics using data limited to 2019 to present allows you to understand how indicators that were experiencing steady growth since 2019 have changed.

Just like the other sections of this dashboard, static and interactive features are available on each page. Also, you will find navigation on the left hand side support bar to allow easy movement between the pages of the economy dashboard as well as to other sections of the dashboard.

These data sets are more complicated so we have provided a list of key terms, accessible on every page, for clarity.


Economic Indicators
Summary Data


The summary data below highlights four important economic indicators and provides links to five additional data sets.

The highlighted indicators include information about the previous month, the current month and the percent change between the two, providing a quick reference to how the local economy is faring. A percent change in green with a yellow arrow indicates the indicator is moving in a positive direction for the economy. A percent change in yellow with a red arrow indicates the indicator is moving in a negative direction.

As will be noted throughout this dashboard, some data sets have a lag time showing the impacts of COVID-19. To learn more about each metric and access its interactive features, click on the More of this link.

Metro Business Cycle Index

The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’ Metro Business-Cycle Index reflects broad movements in local economic conditions for the Austin Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). The annual and monthly breakdown for the Austin MSA and Texas can be found by clicking More of this…

Feb

1,019.1

Austin MSA

Mar

981.3

Austin MSA

Change

  -3.69 %

Austin MSA

Unemployment Rate

The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’ rate of unemployment for the Austin Metropolitan Statistical Area. The annual and monthly breakdown for the Austin MSA and Texas can be found by clicking More of this…

Mar

3.4

Austin MSA

Apr

11.5

Austin MSA

Change

   238.23 %

Austin MSA

Sales Tax Revenue

The Texas State Comptroller’s report of sales tax revenue by month for the City of Austin. The annual and monthly breakdown for each entity receiving sales tax revenue in Travis County can be found by clicking More of this…

Apr

$18,419,574

City of Austin

May

$20,178,973

City of Austin

Change

   9.55 %

City of Austin

Pending Home Sales

The Austin Board of Realtors’ Central Texas Monthly Market report includes pending home sales for Travis County. The annual and monthly breakdown of new and active listings and pending home sales for Austin MSA, Travis County and City of Austin can be found by clicking More of this…

Mar

1,393

Travis County

Apr

1,131

Travis County

Change

   -18.80 %

Travis County

Additional Economic Indicators

Consumer Confidence Index

The Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development’s (OECD) Consumer Confidence Index provides an indication of future developments of households’ consumption and saving. The annual and monthly breakdown for global and national consumer confidence can be found by clicking Check it out...


Consumer Price Index

The Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index is a measure of the average change over time in the prices paid by urban consumers for a market basket of consumer goods and services. The annual and monthly breakdown for several geographic types can be found by clicking Go Get It…


Texas Leading Index

The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’ Texas Leading Index is a single summary statistic that sheds light on the future of the state's economy. The annual and monthly breakdown for Texas can be found by clicking Data ninja…


ABIA Flights

The Austin Bergstrom International Airport publishes monthly reports to reflect international and domestic passenger and cargo traffic. The annual and monthly breakdown for ABIA traffic can be found by clicking More data please…


Non-Farm Payroll

The Dallas Federal Reserve Bank’s Non-Farm Payroll is the sum of goods producing and services providing employment which is seasonally adjusted and benchmarked to the most recent quarter. The annual and monthly break down for the Austin MSA and Texas can be found by clicking Dive in…


Current Economy Resources

Category Resource Description PhoneNumber
Economy The Real Economy Blog from RSM US LLP As coronavirus spreads, pain goes beyond the hospitality and travel industries
Economy Dallas Federal Reserve Bank Articles and analysis about COVID-19 impacts to the economy
Economy Federal Reserve COVID-19 adjustments and resources spanning business and real estate resources
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Diana Ramirez
Director,
Economic Development
& Strategic Investments

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