While COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Harris and Galveston counties, local tourism groups have reported a drop in hotel and motel revenue.
The loans saved at least 37,693 local jobs.
Rents for high-end Class A properties averaged $1,463 in August, the lowest such level in over two years.
The Texas Workforce Commission has reported 3.2 million Texans have filed for unemployment relief since mid-March.
The $15 million program, which is funded by CARES Act dollars, offers grants of up to $50,000 to small businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
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 2020 U.S. census response rate is already lagging behind 2010 numbers, and officials said the shortened timeline only increases the chances of an undercount.
The loss of extra unemployment support could send numbers back down, however.
Businesses making less than $2 million in revenue are encourage to apply when the program opens in mid-August.
Q&A: Houston business leader says federal Paycheck Protection Program has ‘made a significant difference’
"The doors [for business assistance] have been opened just about as wide as they can be made because it’s very unusual times," said Tim Jeffcoat, the district director of the U.S. Small Business Administration in Houston.
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.
Despite gains made in early June, Patrick Jankowski, vice president of research for the Greater Houston Partnership, said the Greater Houston area still has more than 217,000 jobs to recoup for the economy to return to its prepandemic state—a process that could take anywhere from two to five years.
As state revenues take hit, business group wants lawmakers to reconsider private partnerships for road projects
With congestion levels worsening and funding shortfalls looming, officials with the newly formed Keep Texas Moving said public-private partnerships could advance projects through optional toll lanes, among other means.
Small business owners in Kemah are struggling to make ends meet as sales continue to decline.
In a July 22 update, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission states that breweries may not have customers consume alcohol on patios.
It appears League City's fiscal year 2020-21 budget will not face as dire a shortfall as officials originally expected.
Eligible small businesses may receive a grant of up to $25,000 to cover payroll costs, rent and other operating expenses.
The Texas comptroller's office has released June sales tax revenue figures.
The June visa suspension includes skilled foreign workers associated with various fields, such as energy, technology, medicine and academics.
“Unfortunately, we have a lot of real concern about people not heeding the message of the importance of … masks and face coverings and all the different things people need to do," said Umair Shah, executive director of Harris County Public Health.
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.
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.
Harris County and the city of Houston have launched a joint task force designed to address a local housing crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and an energy industry downturn.