For the nation's economy, 2013 is a story of a continued comeback following a devastating recession.
And for Texas? Well, the story's slightly different.
Keith Phillips, analyst with the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank says there's no question 2013 was a good year for the Texas economy with growth in most sectors.
Phillips says the low cost of living, in addition to the low cost of doing business in Texas has helped the Lone Star State maintain a job growth rate a full percentage point higher than the national average in 2013. But the energy exploration boom that's been fueling an expansion of jobs, construction and exports appears to be tapering off.