Economic Analysis

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September 2019

Slower job growth is the main reason Amarillo’s economy hasn’t grown this year. The slowdown in hiring is hurting retail sales, auto sales and construction.

Compared to 12 months ago, Amarillo has only a few more people working. The Employer’s Survey shows an increase of 854 jobs. The Household Survey has gaining just over 1,000 jobs.  We attached a white paper with our thoughts on area employment to this month’s Pulse.

Retail sales are up 9% from 12 months ago, but only up 2% year to date. New car sales are down 6% and used car sales are up 2%.

Lower interest rates are flowing through the economy, although some short term rates unexpectedly went up this week. 30-year mortgage rates are still low at 4.13%.  Residential Starts are down 47% from 12 months ago and year to date starts are down 30%. Total construction is down 24% from a year ago.

The outlook for Farmers is mixed. While we wait to hear the final outcome of the Fall crops, corn prices are up 5% and cotton is flat with a year ago. Wheat prices are down 28%.

Feedyards are losing $150 a head on unhedged cattle. The shutdown of the Kansas packing plant has had an impact on area cattle. The plant is expected to be running at full capacity, much sooner than originally thought (early 2020).

Dairies are profitable with milk prices at $17, up 21% from a year ago.

 September 2019

Current Month

Last Month

Last Year

 Index*

180.00

186.43

202.00

 Sales Tax Collections

$6,717,266

$7,494,726

$6,147,921

 Sales Tax Collection-YTD

$59,347,628

$52,630,361

$57,913,800

 New Vehicle Sales

708

563

751

 Used Vehicle Sales

1,923

1,525

1,885

 Airline Boardings

34,089

33,502

33,260

 Hotel/Motel Receipt Tax

$764,957

$784,680

$749,374

 Population - Corporate Amarillo

191,514

191,514

191,514

 Employment - CLF

131,480

131,799

132,200

 Unemployment Rate

2.70%

2.80%

2.80%

 Total Workers Employed (Household Survey)

127,927

128,054

126,858

 Total Workers Employed (Employers Survey) 

120,100

120,100

119,146

 Average Weekly Wages

$878.86

$924.45

$898.78

 Gas

68,715

62,564

63,261

Interest Rates: 30 Year Mortgage Rates

4.125%

3.875%

 5.13%

 Building Permits Dollar Amount

$7,010,032

$58,690,852

$27,916,280

 Year to Date Permits

$262,455,961

$255,535,929

$343,144,293

 Residential Starts

26

38

49

 Year To Date Starts

282

256

401

 Median House Sold Price

$174,900

$185,000

$170,000

 Drilling Rigs In Panhandle

8

15

25

 Oil Price Per Barrel

$58.48

$55.23

$67.04

 Natural Gas

$2.67

$2.41

$2.97

 Wheat Per Bushel

$3.89

$4.31

$5.40

 Fed Cattle Per CWT

$99.96

$109.62

$107.85

 Corn Per Bushel

$4.05

$4.55

$3.83

 Cotton (Cents Per Pound)

$74.00

$67.80

$74.10

Milk

$17.00

$17.00

$14.00

*Base-100, January 1988

This document was prepared by Amarillo National Bank on behalf of itself for distribution in Amarillo, Texas and is provided for informational purposes only. The information, opinions, estimates and forecasts contained herein relate to specific dates and are subject to change without notice due to market and other fluctuations. The information, opinions, estimates and forecasts contained in this document have been gathered or obtained from public sources believed to be accurate, complete and/or correct. The information and observations contained herein are solely statements of opinion and not statements of fact or recommendations to purchase, sell or make any other investment decisions.

 

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