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Houston Economist Bill Gilmer’s Forecast: 2017 Will Be No Winner

HOUSTON – Sobering predictions came out of the Institute for Regional Forecasting Fall Symposium Thursday by Houston economist Dr. Bill Gilmer of the University of Houston. Gilmer, in a presentation before hundreds at the Hyatt Regency hotel ballroom, said Houston has been moving through a mild recession that has been obscured by a revision in governmental reporting of job growth. ... Read More »

Houston Forecast: Economist’s Gloomy 2015 Prediction Will Be Wrong – Again

Editor’s Comment by Ralph Bivins:  Bill Gilmer, director of the Bauer Institute for Regional Forecasting at the University of Houston, delivered an incredibly gloomy economic forecast last week.  Gilmer told a crowd at the Hyatt Regency that as few as 13,000 jobs will be created in Houston in 2015. Before we dive into a panic, take a minute to consider ... Read More »

Economist: Oil Prices Below $75 Could Make for a Bumpy 2015

HOUSTON – Falling oil prices are going to sap some of the momentum out of the Houston economy, particularly if oil remains below $75 a barrel in 2015, says Dr. Bill Gilmer, economist with the University of Houston’s Institute of Regional Forecasting. If West Texas Intermediate spends a lot of time below $75, Houston job growth could fall to 58,300 ... Read More »

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