A new report from the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) paints a bleak picture for Texas supermarket shoppers.
The Texas Tribune reports that the TPPF found that the number of stores closed across the state fell from 5,935 in January to 4,092 in April.
That was a net loss of 1,879 jobs and a decrease of 7,908 jobs from January to April.
The report also found that “labor force participation fell significantly in the last quarter of 2017, the latest data available,” with fewer Texans participating in the labor force.
The report noted that “at the same time, wage growth in Texas has been stagnant.”
Texas has lost a record number of jobs over the past year and a half.
The Texas Tribune reported that the unemployment rate has fallen from 5.6 percent in May 2017 to 4.4 percent in March 2018.
In the report, the TPPFs researchers also noted that the overall economic health of Texas is “substantially worse than the national average.”
The Texas Monthly reported that Texas is now the second-worst state for job growth.