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2:14 PM Mar 27, 2020 CDT

Official: Increase in calls for statewide unemployment benefits is ‘almost vertical’

According to Serna, on an average day the Texas Workforce Commission’s four call centers statewide receive 13,000-14,000 calls; on March 22, the agency received 100,000 calls regarding unemployment insurance benefit inquiries.


Stay up to date on how businesses across the Greater Houston area are adapting to coronavirus

Find local businesses and nonprofits to support as they grapple with coronavirus-related restrictions through our area guides.


Expert: Houston's economy 'resilient' but could see energy, retail losses from crisis

A local economics expert projected the coronavirus outbreak does not necessarily mean a recession is imminent.



UPDATED: H-E-B stores limit purchases per trip, reduces hours to allow restocking

Stores in the Houston area will observe hours of 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Beginning March 14 until further notice.


Analysts: Houston energy market will see challenges amid coronavirus-fueled stock declines

The long-term economic effect of the coronavirus on the Greater Houston area energy industry is unclear.


Houston Zoo had $242M economic impact in 2018, new study reveals

The Houston Zoo generated more than $242 million in economic impact to the Houston area in 2018, according to a recent study by recognized economist John J. Antel.


Texas oil and gas industry could see a major slowdown in 2020

The oil and natural gas industry paid a record-setting $16.3 billion in taxes and royalties to local governments and the state in 2019, the Texas Oil and Gas Association announced Tuesday.



First downtown Humble revitalization workshop sparks inspiration, ideas

The first workshop to discuss revitalizing the city of Humble’s downtown attracted local residents, business owners and leaders of nearby communities to the Humble Civic Center on Jan. 9.


Economic outlook suggests affordable housing shortage on the horizon for Greater Houston area

With the oil and gas industry slow to recover and an expected surge in low- and moderate-wage jobs on the horizon, local experts are forecasting a shortage of affordable housing in the Greater Houston area.


Greater Houston region expected to see slower job growth in 2020

The Greater Houston area is expected to see a net gain of 42,300 jobs in 2020.


City of Humble increases property tax rate, plans for the future in FY 2019-20 budget

The city of Humble approved an increased budget for fiscal year 2019-20 to fund mobility and infrastructure improvements. Humble City Council approved the FY 2019-20 budget on Sept. 12 that includes a $113.53 million total operating expenditure for FY 2019-20—a 1.7% increase from its $111.62 million budget for FY 2018-19.



Higher minimum wage coming to Houston airport workers

Employees at George Bush Intercontinental, William P. Hobby and Ellington airports will see a boosted minimum wage following an executive order signed by Mayor Sylvester Turner on Oct. 9.