Dallas Office Report – Winter 2020

Lifted by a rapidly expanding economy, North Texas continues to display healthy fundamentals.
Office-using employment in Dallas, click to enlarge
Office-using employment in Dallas, click to enlarge

Bolstered by its highly skilled workforce and low cost of doing business, Dallas’ office market continues to expand rapidly. Demand is on the rise, with coworking companies leasing more than 750,000 square feet in 2019, for a total shared-space quantity of 3.6 million square feet or 1.3 percent of the existing inventory. And with interest predominantly from small, local firms, the coworking sector is expected to further progress in upcoming quarters, despite its ongoing transformation.

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The metro gained 97,800 jobs in the 12 months ending in November, with office-using employment accounting for 36 percent of the growth (35,600 positions). The professional and business services sector added 23,000 jobs (up 4.5 percent year-over-year in November), while financial activities gained 12,400 positions and rose 5.1 percent—the sector’s highest increase across the nation. With New York City diversifying its economy and losing finance jobs, Dallas’ financial activities sector is poised for continued growth.

Employment growth by sector in Dallas, click to enlarge
Employment growth by sector in Dallas, click to enlarge

With 4.7 million square feet underway at the end of 2019, equal to 1.8 percent of the existing stock, Dallas was the ninth metro for office construction activity. Developers completed a total of 3.5 million square feet in 2019, a decline of 19.3 percent from 2018. While the overall office vacancy rate decreased by more than 200 basis points to 17.7 percent as of December, it was still substantially higher than the national average of 13.4 percent.

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