Tribpedia: Economy

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With a civilian labor force of more than 12 million and a gross state product of $1.22 trillion in 2008, Texas has the second largest economy in the United States and the 15th largest in the world. The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas is one of many agencies that keeps track. The state comptroller stays up with key statistics.

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Gov. Rick Perry speaks with a reporter on Feb. 21, 2012, a month after dropping his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
Gov. Rick Perry speaks with a reporter on Feb. 21, 2012, a month after dropping his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

Perry Confident Romney Can Win Hispanic Vote

Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday discussed his support for Mitt Romney, his confidence that minorities will support Republicans and the state's economic development. 

Texas Grappling With Panama Canal Expansion

A massive expansion of the Panama Canal will double the capacity of its trade route by 2014. As Andy Uhler of KUT News reports, it will likely mean a significant increase in freight traffic for Texas, which is looking at how to accommodate the extra boats, trucks and trains set to travel through the state.

Interactive: Employment Data Sharing Concerns Citizens

Nearly 100 local government entities in Texas have online access to a database that contains Texans’ employment information — including Social Security numbers and gross wages. Some residents have raised privacy concerns. This interactive shows which local government entities access the database — and how often.

Interactive: Texas Budget Cuts Shrink State Government

With the state government tightening its belt, there are now 10,200 fewer state employees, according to an analysis of data collected by the state auditor’s office. This interactive shows how budget cuts have affected employment at state-funded entities from the second quarter of fiscal year 2011 to the second quarter of fiscal 2012.

Commercial Benefits of College Research Touted

Two House committees held a joint hearing to explore how scientific research at universities can be commercialized for the benefit of businesses and the state economy. heard testimony from the state's leading research universities.

Interactive: Texas' Economy Bounces Back

Since Texas' lowest dip in the recession, the state has added nearly 500,000 jobs. There are 10.7 million people who currently work in Texas, but nearly 1 million more are still unemployed. This interactive explores how the Texas economy has changed through the last four years, by industry and region. 

Arturo Vargas: The TT Interview

The executive director of NALEO's Educational Fund on what it will take to motivate Latinos to vote this year, why immigration isn't the group's only concern and why voter ID legislation is a bad idea. If they are smart, he says, President Obama and his GOP opponent will make a Latino strategy an important part of their campaigns.

U. of Houston Creates Major Fund to Attract Key Faculty

University of Houston President Renu Khator is setting aside $30 million to bring in 60 new faculty members over the next two years, all of them in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. The hope is that the effort will go a long way in lifting the prestige and global competitiveness of the university, as well as help Houston meet its workforce needs.