• 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.

  • Local Unemployment Rates
    The Texas Workforce Commission reports that May 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 June declined to 6.1%.

    Current Economic Indicators
    available through the Presentations link above.

  • Just 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.


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. Terry L. Clower serves as Director, and Dr. Michael Bomba is Associate Director. They oversee a small staff of professional and student research assistants.

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

Institute of Applied Economics

Information for students completing the MS degree in Applied Economics is available at this link.

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.