4:31 PM May 21, 2020 CDT

DATA: Unemployment insurance claims decrease in Lake Conroe-area ZIP codes

According to the data, 5,135 unemployment insurance claimants live in the Conroe and Montgomery area.


6:01 PM Apr 20, 2020 CDT

Passenger data shows Houston airports saw about 50% decline in travelers March 2019-20

Like many other industries in the Greater Houston area, the Houston Airport System took a sharp hit in the month of March due to the coronavirus pandemic.


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.



Montgomery may see less than 30% drop in sales tax revenue due to coronavirus, city official says

City Administrator Richard Tramm briefly spoke about the pandemic's effects on the city's budget.


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.


Greater Houston area sees record-breaking unemployment rate in April at 14.2%

The previous high for the Greater Houston area's unemployment rate was set in January 2010 at 8.7%.


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.


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.



Montgomery County legislators Brandon Creighton, Steve Toth discuss COVID-19 response in Texas

The Montgomery County-based state senator and representative met with The Woodlands-area community members via videoconference May 15.


DATA: Here are companies with the highest number of Houston-area layoffs so far in 2020

Of the 23,197 layoffs reported in the Gulf Coast region , 76.2% of them were within Harris County, followed by 15.4% in Fort Bend County.


Houston official: Economy likely will not return to pre-coronavirus state until mid-2021

As the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and oil and gas downturn continue to cripple the Greater Houston area's economy, Patrick Jankowski, vice president of research for the Greater Houston Partnership, said in a May 12 webinar that he suspects the local economy will not return to its pre-coronavirus state until mid-2021 at the earliest.


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.



More than 6,000 Lake Conroe residents filed for unemployment in 1 month

According to the data, 6,857 unemployment insurance claimants live in the Conroe and Montgomery area, which accounts for roughly 3.56% of the area's total population.


PHOTOS: Montgomery County residents push for faster reopening

"All of us are going to die, but not all of us are going to live," Bouche said.



City of Conroe waives late water, sewer fees

The move is an attempt to help alleviate financial burden from residents affected by coronavirus.


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,


MAP: See which Houston ZIP codes have highest per-capita unemployment filings

A ZIP-code snapshot of claims as of April 27 shows that some areas are feeling the economic effects more harshly than others.


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.



Following clarification, Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough reverses stance, says only select businesses to open May 1

Officials clarified that nonessential services, such as gyms, studios, barbershops and nail salons, are not classified as essential and cannot open.


Lake Conroe-area businesses, restaurants prepare for reopening

As Lake Conroe-area businesses prepare for the county to reopen May 1, some have raised concerns over what returning to normal looks like.