Spring - Klein
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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.
Hotels across the Greater Houston area continue to struggle even as businesses reopen and individuals return to work amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Unemployment recipients will have to start documenting their efforts to find a new job July 6, with the first reports due July 19.
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 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.
The University Interscholastic League released guidelines for allowing sports workouts and marching bands to practice.
The previous high for the Greater Houston area's unemployment rate was set in January 2010 at 8.7%.
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.
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.
The agency expects to use at least $180 million in CARES Act grant funds to cover revenue losses.
“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.
Officials anticipate drawing from federal funds to ensure no delays in benefit payments.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Unemployment numbers hit a record high in April, the highest level recorded since 1948, when these reports were first issued.
The funds raised will be distributed to nonprofits, school districts and government organizations across Texas to help promote economic development, health care and education.
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.
In Spring and Klein, more than 18,000 residents filed for unemployment insurance between March 18-April 18, according to TWC data.
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.