Ray Perryman

Economist Ray Perryman, panel of county judges share predictions for area’s future at SETEDF event

The Southeast Texas Economic Development Foundation’s 2018 Economic Forecast Breakfast featured keynote speaker and renowned economist Dr. Ray Perryman of the Perryman Group, and an impressive panel of Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick, Orange County Judge Brint Carlton and Hardin County Judge Wayne McDaniel.

Wednesday, Jan. 17, at the Event Centre in Beaumont, Perryman presented a forecast for 2018, broken down by national, state and local economies, while the panel of judges shared their perspective on the future of their counties’ economies as well.

Ray Perryman's Economic forecast for Texas’ smaller areas

By 2021, I am projecting that the 19 smaller Texas Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) will add a total of about 215,000 net new jobs to the state. The growth rates over the period, which spans the 2016 to 2021 time horizon, will vary markedly. Some areas will outpace the state rate of expansion, while others will grow more slowly.

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