Spring - Klein

Stay informed about the latest local news in Spring and Klein, including Harris County updates, SISD and KISD coverage and the latest development and business updates at City Place and Vintage Park.

11:37 AM Jun 18, 2020 CDT

Expert: International economic downturn to weigh on Greater Houston's economy’s ability to recover

The U.S. lost over 22 million jobs the first two months of the recession declared in February by the National Bureau of Economic Research, and about 330,000 of those jobs were in the Houston-area energy sector.


Expert: Hospitality industry in Greater Houston area rebounding but not recovered

Hotels across the Greater Houston area continue to struggle even as businesses reopen and individuals return to work amid the coronavirus 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.


Spring, Klein uninsured rate to grow following layoffs; state sees calls for expanding health care coverage

More than 49,700 residents within the nine Spring- and Klein-area ZIP codes were uninsured in 2018, according to 2018 five-year estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, which totals 13% of the population.


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.


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%.


Harris County unanimously votes to increase homestead exemptions for seniors, the disabled

Harris County homeowners who are age 65 or older or who have disabilities can expect property tax relief this year in the form of expanded property tax exemptions.


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.


METRO sales tax revenue could see over $100 million hit in fiscal year 2020-21

The agency expects to use at least $180 million in CARES Act grant funds to cover revenue losses.



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.



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.


Preliminary budget plans in Cy-Fair ISD include $1 billion in expenditures for 2020-21

Cy-Fair ISD could see up to a $44.9 million deficit in fiscal year 2020-21, with teacher salary raises and additional funding for coronavirus response efforts.


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.


Salons in Spring, Klein scramble to reopen safely as statewide restrictions ease

Following Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's May 5 announcement allowing cosmetology salons, barbershops, hair salons, nail salons and tanning salons to reopen beginning May 8, local Spring and Klein businesses owners are working hard to reopen for their clients and get their staff back to work, while also implementing new protocols to curb the spread of coronavirus.


Spring and Klein workforce, businesses face unprecedented unemployment

In Spring and Klein, more than 18,000 residents filed for unemployment insurance between March 18-April 18, according to TWC data.


Harris County issues new Stay Home-Work Safe order through May 20 aligned with state guidelines

Harris County also launched a new system for residents to report violations, including businesses that should not be open and businesses operating at more than 25% capacity.