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2:47 PM May 8, 2020 CDT

National unemployment sees largest-ever month-over-month increase in April

Unemployment numbers hit a record high in April, the highest level recorded since 1948, when these reports were first issued.


Texas COVID Relief Fund launched to bring financial help to communities in need

The funds raised will be distributed to nonprofits, school districts and government organizations across Texas to help promote economic development, health care and education.


DATA: Austin not hit as hard by sales tax revenue dip compared to other Texas cities

The city of Austin’s slowdown of generated sales tax revenue in March was less drastic than figures collected across the state.



Texas saw a 9.3% drop year over year in sales tax revenue generated based on March sales

Sales tax revenue collected by the state of Texas in April totaled $2.58 billion, a more than 9% drop compared to April 2019,


43.39% of restaurant owners choosing to reopen dine-in service May 1, Texas Restaurant Association survey shows

Texas restaurants have not been permitted to offer dine-in services since mid-March but could start again beginning May 1.


INTERACTIVE: ZIP code breakdown of unemployment claims in Central Austin

More than 12,000 Central Austin residents filed for unemployment between March 18-April 18.


Most Austin brewpubs will not open May 1 despite green light from governor

Only a few brewpubs in and around Austin have announced plans to open their doors to customers May 1, even as revenue continues to dwindle statewide.



With state report lacking key protective provisions, worker groups wary of governor’s plans to reopen Texas

The state's plan to reopen the economy, worker protection groups contended, does not contain appropriate safety measures for employees returning to the workplace.


Gov. Greg Abbott: Alcohol to-go sales in Texas to continue beyond May 1, could last 'forever'

As some Texas restaurants and businesses prepare to reopen with limited occupancy starting May 1, to-go alcohol sales will be allowed to continue, according to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and Gov. Greg Abbott.


Austin City Council pulls $1.5 million from emergency reserves to buoy local live music industry

City leaders said they hope to begin distributing the funds by the end of April.


Three deaths, 49 new coronavirus cases reported in Travis County on April 23

The total number of cases in Travis County has reached 1,312.



Q&A: New Austin Chamber CEO Laura Huffman says community safety, opening the economy do not have to be 'forced trade-off'

Huffman, an Austin native and a former assistant city manager, officially stepped into her new role April 20.


State parks, historical sites reopen as first step in Gov. Abbott's plan to revive Texas economy

While state parks reopened across Texas on April 20, restrictions remain in place for parks visitors.


Texas Workforce Commission processes a year and a half worth of unemployment claims in one month

Since March 14, the Texas Workforce Commission has helped more than 1.2 million Texans apply for unemployment benefits.


Sales tax holiday for emergency supplies to take place April 25-27

Officials clarified that products bought online still qualify for the exemption and urged residents who visit retailers in person to follow social distancing guidelines.




Central Austin home sales dip slightly in March as realtors expect coronavirus impact to show in April data

While sales in Austin remained flat, the Austin Board of Realtors says new listings, active listings and pending sales all decreased.


Residential work sites across Austin to pause work April 16 to review coronavirus safety protocols

A nationwide effort seeks to briefly pause work sites and use the time to educate developers and workers on coronavirus safety education.


Here's a breakdown of 4 financial relief programs aimed to save small Texas businesses

The webinar highlighted four Small Business Association programs, including the Paycheck Protection Program, the Economic Injury Disaster Loan, the SBA Express Bridge Loan and SBA Debt Relief program.



By the numbers: New coronavirus information from across Texas

Gov. Greg Abbott released data April 13 on how Texas is dealing with the coronavirus pandemic statewide.


Goldman Sachs, LiftFund partnership will release $50 million in loans for Texas small businesses

As Texas is facing its highest rate of unemployment claims in recent history, a total of $50 million in loan funds is now available for small businesses across the state to provide economic relief.


Projections showing major Austin metro job losses also predict significant re-employment by end of 2020

The president of the economic strategist firm said, unlike during the 2009 financial crash, there are no systemic issues in the economy.


Laura Huffman named as new president and CEO of Austin Chamber of Commerce

Huffman previously worked as a regional director for Texas at the Nature Conservancy, an environmental nonprofit, and prior to that, she served as assistant city manager in Austin.