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Energy will be big… | January 5, 2012

http://www.forbes.com/sites/joelkotkin/2012/01/04/the-u-s-economy-regions-to-watch-in-2012/

Joel Kotkin, Contributor

1/04/2012 @ 11:36AM |4,027 views

The U.S. Economy: Regions To Watch In 2012

Goldman Sachs recently predicted that the U.S. will become the world’s largest oil producer by 2017. The bounty is so great that the key energy-producing states have consistently out-performed the national average in terms of job and income growth. Houston, the nation’s energy capital, has enjoyed the fastest growth in per-capita income in the past decade. No reason to expect this to slow down much this year.

Energy growth, notes Bill Gilmer, senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, also sparks “upstream” expansion in a host of other industries, such as chemicals and plastics. Massive new expansions to serve the industry are being planned not only in Texas and Louisiana but in former rust belt states, including now gas-rich Ohio. The big exception is oil-rich California, which seems determined to keep its fossil fuels — and the growth they could drive — out of mind and underground.


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