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Southwest Economy

Michael D. Plante and Jessica Rindels

Tesla is developing the facility near Corpus Christi to produce battery-grade lithium hydroxide, a lithium chemical used in the high-performance lithium-ion batteries that companies such as Tesla prefer.

Daniel Chiquiar, professor of economics at Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico) and former chief economist of Mexico’s central bank, Banco de México, discusses the country’s recent economic performance and the challenges it faces in 2023.

Anil Kumar

Amid widespread reports of worker shortages, Texas' not-so-constricted labor markets have helped the state outpace the nation in job growth.

Jesse Thompson

The cost of keeping the lights on in Texas homes has soared this year, as natural gas prices attained highs not seen since 2008.

Craig Boyan. president of San Antonio-based grocery chain H-E-B, discusses lingering pandemic challenges and operating in a difficult economic environment.

Laila Assanie and Yichen Su

Data on patents and employment show that Texas is a major center of innovation and high-tech employment.

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