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Midland again posts lowest jobless rate in Texas

By Mella McEwen 
mmcewen@mrt.com

Midland’s labor market showed some unexpected strength in July, according to figures released Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission.

Midland County ranks No. 1 for oil, gas jobs in 2014

By Rye Druzin | rdruzin@mrt.com

Midland County ranked first in the nation for oil, gas and mining jobs created in 2014, according to statistics compiled by Headlight Data. The rating was out of 1,100 oil, gas and mining communities across the country.

Places with the Least Inflation

SmartAsset’s interactive map highlights the places across the country that have experienced the least inflation over the past decade. Zoom between states and the national map to see the places that have been the most resistant to inflation over ten years.

The areas were ranked based on purchasing power, cost of living, and per capita income. 

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These are some of the best cities to get a job right now — and they might not be the ones you think

It's been six years since the Great Recession technically ended.

Since then, job numbers have come back up, and unemployment has gone back down. In April 2014, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the number of US private sector jobs had finally returned to their pre-crash peak.

But not all cities have recovered equally.

"We know every city was hit hard," says Glassdoor's chief economist, Andrew Chamberlain, who's been looking at which areas are still struggling six years later, and which places are now booming. 

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.

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