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Texas: Yes, Everything Is Bigger

On Super Tuesday, all eyes will be on Texas and for pretty good reason. As the largest electoral prize in the field today, whoever walks off with the lion’s share of Texas’ extraordinary share of delegates to their respective convention will be a far ways down the path to cinching their party’s nomination and getting to take this party to the national stage.

Plus, as has often been the case, Texas is a good place to look at American trends writ large, possibly with a T-Bone steak on the side as you catch up. And when one looks at Texas in 2016, the news is pretty encouraging.

By The Store Front Numbers 

Everything is indeed bigger in Texas. Especially growth. The headline growth, with aggregate impact of all line items we track, came in at 4.5 percent, with a relatively blistering pace even overshadowing the region, as real wages dominated and so did employment — the latter a full 160 basis points above the national average.

That speaks well to the fact that industries are booming beyond the traditional oil and energy patch — no need to mention what is going on there, of course — and diversification is key.

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