4:00 PM Jun 9, 2020 CDT

DATA: Pflugerville ZIP code 78660 in top 25 Texas ZIP codes for unemployment claims filed in May

1,920 unemployment insurance claims were filed in Pflugerville's 78660 ZIP code between April 29-May 30.


3:05 PM Jun 29, 2020 CDT

Kalahari Resorts prepares to hire 1,500 Round Rock employees, offers virtual hiring fair

Kalahari Resorts & Conventions is preparing to make a splash in the Round Rock-area job market.


As Williamson County small business grant program ends, nearly $34M distributed

More than 3,500 businesses have received funding from the Wilco Forward program.



Comptroller: Texas June sales tax revenue totaled $2.7 billion, down 6.5% from a year ago

The Texas comptroller's office has released June sales tax revenue figures.


Work search requirement paused for Texans on unemployment benefits

Texans receiving unemployment benefits will have a little extra time before they have to prove they are actively looking for work to continue receiving state assistance.


More than 30 Texas bars sue over Gov. Greg Abbott's recent shutdown order

The lawsuit was filed in Travis County District Court by Jared Woodfill, a Houston attorney who has led previous legal efforts opposing Abbott’s other shutdown orders during the pandemic.


Texans on unemployment benefits will soon be required to apply for new work, state says

Unemployment recipients will have to start documenting their efforts to find a new job July 6, with the first reports due July 19.



Texas COVID Relief Fund application opens

Eligible nonprofits and government entities may apply for funding.


DATA: Pflugerville, Hutto see double-digit sales tax revenue growth; Round Rock experiences slight dip

Hutto's April sales tax revenue numbers reflected a 36.42% increase year-over-year.


Williamson County helps nearly 3,000 businesses with small business grant program

As of June 9, Williamson County’s Wilco Forward small business grant program has approved funding for 2,891 businesses in the area.


Coronavirus pandemic drops Austin-Bergstrom usage by more than 96% in April

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport lost nearly all of its passenger flight usage in April as the region dealt with the coronavirus pandemic.



Pflugerville Fire Department reports $200,000 in unbudgeted expenses due to COVID-19

The Pflugerville Fire Department has sustained more than $200,000 in unbudgeted expenses due to the coronavirus pandemic, as confirmed in a June 2 department news release.


Group of 16 Travis County mayors signs letter requesting $23M in county COVID-19 relief funds

City leaders in Travis County, from Bee Cave to manor, have signed a letter to County Judge Sam Biscoe requesting more than $23 million in federal coronavirus relief funds be released to 21 municipalities as soon as possible.


Early budget forecasts from Central Health show anticipated 'slow-down' in tax revenue collection

Preliminary budget forecasts from Central Health show the health care district anticipates a slow down in tax revenue collection growth.


Texas comptroller predicts slow, steady economic turnaround post-pandemic

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said the state entered the era of the coronavirus in a healthy financial situation, which bodes well for the future as reopening continues, but that Texans are not out of the woods yet.



Baylor Scott & White Health to lay off 1,200 after reporting 'drastic drop' in visits

The layoffs represent 3% of the health system’s workforce.


Texas schools may begin hosting sports workouts, band practices June 8

The University Interscholastic League released guidelines for allowing sports workouts and marching bands to practice.


Pflugerville Pfund distributes $73,000 to 30 small businesses during health crisis

“It’s been a really exciting process, getting people to donate and getting people to step up to the plate and help us get matching dollars," PCDC Executive Director Amy Madison said.


Unemployment rate in Travis County shoots to 12.4% in April; Austin metro jumps to 12.2%

The local unemployment rate remains below the statewide and national rates.



Budget cuts slated for Texas state agencies, higher education institutions in 2020-21 biennium

Texas state agencies and institutions of higher education to expect a 5% reduction in budget plans for the 2020-21 biennium as part of the state's response to the economic ramifications of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.


State, federal officials offer resources, advice for Texas small business owners

“Small businesses are having to pivot, and we are seeing that. We are having businesses that had one business model that had to change," said Adriana Cruz, executive director for economic development and tourism in the Office of the Texas Governor.


Texas has doled out $6.4B in unemployment benefits, projects state fund to run out by end of May

Officials anticipate drawing from federal funds to ensure no delays in benefit payments.


Amid national recession concerns, Round Rock is in 'phenomenal place,' economist says

Mark Sprague, state director of information capital at Independence Title, discussed the state of Round Rock's economy during the coronavirus pandemic at a May 19 Round Rock Chamber virtual power lunch.



Plano-based J.C. Penney files for bankruptcy protection as store closure announcements loom

Plano-based J.C. Penney filed for bankruptcy protection May 15, a move the company said would help it navigate the difficult business climate during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.


Nationwide sales of retail, food services plummet in March, April amid social distancing, stay-at-home orders

As many businesses are operating on decreased capacities or have shut down completely, one side effect is a dip in monthly sales for retail and food services.