Texas is good for business but bad for workers

Data: Oxfam America; Map: Erin Davis/Axios Visuals

Texas is practically the worst state for workers, according to a new study by Oxfam America.

Driving the news: States were ranked on wages, worker protections and employees' ability to unionize.

Shafaq Patel
Sep 22, 2022 - Business

How the Inflation Reduction Act could impact Houston

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The Inflation Reduction Act is incentivizing energy companies to be greener, and Houston could be the center of the transition.

The big picture: Houston is the "energy capital of the world." The city's economic fate is not completely dependent on oil and gas anymore, thanks to industry diversification, but if Houston wants to keep that title and reap the economic benefits of it, it has to lean into sustainability and clean energy.

Shafaq Patel
Aug 29, 2022 - Business

Space City through the ages

Photo of computers and projector screen inside mission control.
Flight controllers in Houston, moments before the successful touchdown of the STS-2 Columbia in 1981. Photo: NASA

While the Space Launch System is taking flight from Kennedy Space Center in Florida today, mission control is happening at the Johnson Space Center in Clear Lake.

Why it matters: We're Space City. The JSC is an integral part of Houston's identity and economy.

Sami Sparber
Aug 24, 2022 - Business

Houston is one of the top cities for live-work-play apartments

Illustration of an office cubicle with a roof like a house.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

A total of 5,100 mixed-use apartments have been completed in Houston since 2012, per a report from RentCafe, a nationwide apartment-search website.

Why it matters: Rental communities that include residential, office and retail space gained a foothold in the last decade, especially as the pandemic heightened renters' preference for having daily activities close at hand, the report found.

Shafaq Patel
Aug 18, 2022 - Business

Houston businesses make Inc. 5000 list

Illustration of an open briefcase with an upwards trending line popping out. 
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Houston is home to over 80 of the fastest-growing private companies in the country.

What's happening: 84 Houston companies made this year's Inc. 5000 list, which ranked businesses based on revenue growth over a three-year period, from 2018 to 2021.

Shafaq Patel
Aug 17, 2022 - Business

Houston sees job growth despite an uncertain economy

Data: Texas Workforce Commission; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

Houston had record job growth in the first six months of this year, even surpassing numbers seen in the oil boom years in the early 1980s and 2010s.

Why it matters: There has been a lot of talk and fear about the looming recession, and though the rise of inflation and interest rates is very real, the job numbers show that Houston's local economy is still growing, according to Patrick Jankowski, the senior vice president of research at the Greater Houston Partnership.

5 cool Airbnbs within driving distance from Houston

rustic cabin with hot tub
Naturalist Boudoir. Photo courtesy of Airbnb

Whether you're looking for a rustic cabin or a tiny home near the beach, here are five Airbnb escapes, all within driving distance from Houston.

1. Naturalist Boudoir

Unplug and get outdoors at this private retreat near the Big Thicket National Preserve.


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