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