• Welcome
    to the Center of Economic Development and Research.

    What we do:
    Conduct economic analysis, public policy research, forecasting, and strategic planning for businesses, governments, and non-profits.

  • The Texas Workforce Commission
    reports that June unemployment rates in Texas and the Dallas-Fort Worth region remain below the national average.

  • U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
    reports that the U.S. unemployment rate for July was 6.2%.

    Current Economic Indicators
    available through the Presentations link above.

  • Recently released . . .
    The Center recently completed two impact reports for the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Light Rail System. Visit our Research page for links to these reports.

Welcome

The Center for Economic Development and Research at the University of North Texas was established in 1989 to conduct economic analysis and public policy research and also to provide forecasting and strategic planning services to businesses, governments and non-profit agencies with an interest in economic development. Dr. Terrance L. Pohlen (Director of the Center for Logistics Education & Research, a part of the UNT College of Business) is currently serving as Interim Director. Dr. Michael Bomba is Associate Director and Operations Manager. More information about Dr. Bomba is available at the Staff link above. 

For more information, please click on the "About the Center" link in the menu bar.

Cost of Living Index

Cost of Living Calculator LinkThe Center participates in the ACCRA Cost of Living Index (COLI) published by the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER). More information about C2ER can be found at www.c2er.org

Three times per year, Center researchers gather prices in Denton for specific items such as housing, utilities, and groceries. C2ER compiles the data from all participating urban areas to to prepare the cost of living index for participating areas. C2ER also provides a calculator that allows users to reasonably compare the cost of living between areas. Click on the image to go to the COLI calculator to compare Denton to another participating city.