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The Austin metropolitan area's unemployment rate was 5.1% in December, lower than the Texas and U.S. rates, but still double the city's December 2019 figure.
Samsung seeks 100% tax rebate from Austin for proposed $17B plant expansion, threatens to build elsewhere
Samsung's proposed investment would be the largest in Austin's history, and the tech giant is asking for an unprecedented incentive agreement from the city.
A second round of the Paycheck Protection Program has been approved by Congress and aims to continue distributing financial relief to small businesses. Here is everything you need to know about the second round of the loan program.
The governor explained what Texas has learned from the pandemic and how that will affect legislative priorities.
In the meantime, commissioners prioritized programs for if an extension is granted.
Austin City Council finds $15 million to lighten pandemic pain on music venues, child care, legacy businesses
Local officials said the scale of the pandemic's economic devastation will require state and federal resources.
After surviving six months, Austin's workers, small businesses are acknowledging pandemic's long-term reality
After months of day-to-day reassessments, many in the business community are now figuring out how to make it to the other end of the pandemic.
From New Braunfels to Cedar Park, Central Texas outdoor recreation shops scrambling to keep inventory
When combined with temporary state restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many local shop owners are speculating a perfect storm of low supply and high demand is the main reason for changes in an industry that has of late been turned on its head.
Six months into pandemic, Austin officials scrambling to save music venues, child care facilities and restaurants
City Council is set to begin making choices on which businesses to try to save on Oct. 1.
Under a new executive order, unemployed Texans may receive up to $300 per week on top of their state unemployment benefits, down from $600 per week earlier in the summer.
Travis County posted consecutive months of single-digit jobless rates in June and July, the first time since the pandemic took hold in April.
Travis County unemployment falls to 6.9% in July, marks consecutive months of single-digit jobless rate
The unemployment rate rose to as high as 12.4% in April.
The Texas Workforce Commission has reported 3.2 million Texans have filed for unemployment relief since mid-March.
Following a new industry guideline recently distributed by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, more bars across the state may soon be able to qualify as restaurants.
The loss of extra unemployment support could send numbers back down, however.
County commissioners will hold budget discussions throughout August and September.
Some breweries across the state may now reopen as restaurants after the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission released new guidelines on how restaurants may calculate their alcohol sales receipts.
The state of Texas gained 50,000 new jobs in February, but since the coronavirus pandemic hit, more than 2 million jobs have been lost.
This year sales tax-exempt purchases can be made online, over the phone or by mail.
In a July 22 update, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission states that breweries may not have customers consume alcohol on patios.
Federal lawmakers are meeting to discuss an extension of the coronavirus relief package that could include additional unemployment benefits.
Although the area is showing signs of recovery, officials said the expiration of a crucial federal program will complicate unemployment.
Travis County County commissioners voted July 14 to approve millions of dollars in possible tax rebates for the electric carmaker.