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Southwest Economy, Fourth Quarter 2021

Fourth Quarter 2021

Largest Texas Metros Lure Big-City, Coastal Migrants During Pandemic

High-frequency data show that migration to Texas has accelerated during the pandemic. The emergence of working from home has lessened both workers’ and some companies’ reliance on physical offices, clearing the way for the new wave of mobility.

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Texas Joblessness Persists Above U.S. Rate, Weighing on Black, Hispanic Workers

While the gender unemployment gap has largely dissipated in Texas, the gaps between white workers and both Black and Hispanic workers have persisted above pre-COVID-19 levels.

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Semiconductors Key to Global Growth; Geographic Supply Risks Loom

Tyson Tuttle, CEO of Silicon Labs in Austin, shares his insights on current issues in the semiconductor industry and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

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Go Figure: Pandemic, Remote Learning Undo STAAR Test Gains; Texas Student Scores Slide

Hispanic and Black students’ scores on the 2021 exam fell more than those of white students and reversed previous years' gains.

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Spotlight: Natural Gas Demand Recovers, Lifts Prices

Global demand for U.S. natural gas has risen as many pandemic-induced limits on economic activity have been lifted, but domestic production has only slowly recovered.

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Authors

Wenli Li

Yichen Su

Anil Kumar

Jesse Thompson

Justin Chavira

Olumide Eseyin

James Lee

Christopher Slijk

Southwest Economy is published quarterly by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. The views expressed are those of the authors and should not be attributed to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas or the Federal Reserve System.

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