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Texas Still Pumping Out Jobs

COLLEGE STATION (Real Estate Center) – Despite lower oil prices, the Texas economy continues to create more jobs. The state’s economy gained 276,400 nonagricultural jobs from June 2014 to June 2015, an annual growth rate of 2.4 percent compared with 2.1 percent for the United States.

Space companies making progress in move to Midland

By Rye Druzin

A mock-up of XCOR Aerospace’s Lynx spacecraft built by Orbital Outfitters now sits in the lobby of the Midland International Air & Space Port, another reminder of the progress being made at the other end of the  runway.

The state skills gap: Who's got talent?

More than 4.5 million job openings in the US cannot be filled, because of the skills shortage.

Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 4:42 PM ET

Orbital Outfitters prepares to install pressure chambers

By Rye Druzin

he new Orbital Outfitters building at Midland Air & Space Port has received one of its more expensive -- and fragile -- pieces of equipment: a two-person pressure chamber.

The chamber, which is 6 feet in diameter and weighs 6,500 pounds, will give the company the ability to test its suits in near-vacuum before being sent into space, according to Will McCarren, head of business development. The hypobaric chamber is one of three that will be installed in the chamber room at Orbital Outfitters.

Here Are the 15 Cities That Have Done the Best (and the Worst) Since the Recession

This month marks six years since the end of the U.S. recession. In those six years, the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index has climbed more than 200 percent from its lowest level and the national unemployment rate has almost halved from a peak of 10 percent. By these measures, the overall economy seems to be doing pretty well.

Poised for Population Growth

If you’re looking for areas where the U.S. population is rising the most, just look in the South or West. Communities in those two regions dominate recent population growth trends, with a few exceptions. This is according to recent findings from SpareFoot, an Austin, TX based start up operating an online marketplace for consumers to locate and reserve self-storage units.

Best Places for STEM Grads

by Sreekar Jasthi

In recent years, STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) have become increasingly prominent, both in education and employment.

The National Science Foundation reports that the percentage of freshmen at four-year universities who intend to major in a science or engineering field increased to about 39% in 2012 after remaining stagnant at about 33% from 1995 to 2007.

2015 Best and Worst State Rankings

Since the recession began in December 2007, 1.2 million net jobs have been created in Texas, while 700,000 net jobs were created in the other 49 states combined. From climate to transportation to cost of living, Texas has proven it can’t be beat.

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Spaceport infrastructure development to cost up to $4.3 million

By Rye Druzin

The Midland Space Development Corp. on Tuesday received a presentation on the first phase of an estimated $4.3 million infrastructure project for the Spaceport Business Park at Midland International Air & Space Port.

With a bustling 'spaceport,' Midland finds sky is no longer the limit

By JOHN AUSTIN CNHI State Reporter

A West Texas oil-and-gas hub is poised to shoot the moon, as a nascent space tourism industry that's already selling tickets promises to remake the local economy.

Midland's FAA-certified spaceport has landed a tenant from Mojave, Calif., XCOR Aerospace, which plans to move its headquarters and is booking reservations for its reusable, two-person aircraft piloted by a veteran NASA shuttle commander.