New data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis shows Texas once again led the nation in economic growth during the third quarter of 2019.
With a 4.0 percent growth rate, Texas was 0.8 points ahead of the next-closest state: Utah. This growth is down from its Q1 and Q2 rates of 5.3 percent and 4.7 percent, respectively.
Texas economic growth amounted to 8.8 percent of the entire economic growth in the United States during the quarter and represented 74 percent of the Southwest region (AZ, NM, OK, and TX). In total, the Lone Star state posted nearly $1.9 trillion in GDP.
In terms of current-dollar GDP, only California brought in more at $3.2 trillion in the third quarter.
By industry, the “durable goods manufacturing” sector had the largest growth rate in Texas at 1.17 percent.
“Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction” and “retail trade” each increased 0.47 percent while “Professional, scientific, and technical services” posted 0.45 percent growth.
“Wholesale trade” increased by 0.34 percent.
“Construction” and “information” posted 0.24 and 0.22 percent growth, respectively.
The “health care and social assistance” and the “accommodation and food services” each posted 0.18 percent growth.
The largest decrease came in the “utilities” sector with a -0.26-growth rate. “Government and government enterprises” also decreased with -0.04 growth.
Texas averaged a 4.0 percent growth rate in 2018 and is well-above that so far in 2019.
Preliminary numbers for Q4 are expected to be published in early April.
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