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5:18 PM May 1, 2020 CDT

Spring, Klein eateries react to first day of economy’s reopening

As a part of Gov. Greg Abbott's plan to reopen the Texas economy, retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters and malls will be allowed to operate at 25% capacity starting May 1.


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.


Most Houston-area movie theaters do not plan to open May 1 despite Gov. Abbott’s authorization

This initiative is part of a larger effort to gradually reopen businesses across the state following closings due to the coronavirus, but only a few Houston-area theaters are planning to reopen so soon.


UPDATED: Just over 6% of Spring-Klein workforce files for unemployment in one-month period

Between April 15-May 16, 12,302 Spring and Klein residents filed for unemployment insurance.


Greater Houston area sees around 400,000 unemployment claims in March, April

Houstonians can expect to continue seeing an elevated level of unemployment claims in the coming weeks.



Gov. Greg Abbott: Alcohol to-go sales in Texas to continue beyond May 1, could last 'forever'

As some Texas restaurants and businesses prepare to reopen with limited occupancy starting May 1, to-go alcohol sales will be allowed to continue, according to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and Gov. Greg Abbott.


Harris County home values rise by 6% on average; coronavirus disaster will not trigger tax relief

About 1 million of the 1.2 million value notices had been sent out in Harris County as of April 21.


Houston retail to go: Tell us if you are open for business offering curbside service

With Gov. Greg Abbott's order allowing "retail to go" operations, many Houston shops are preparing to offer new curbside and delivery services.


Economic leaders paint uncertain unemployment landscape for North Houston post-coronavirus

As local businesses close and staff are furloughed, unemployment numbers continue to rise across the state of Texas, and the future of the post-coronavirus job market remains unclear, local economic leaders said.



Experts: Houston regional economy may take months to recover from oil price collapse

The day after the price for West Texas Intermediate crude oil took a historic plunge into negative digits on April 20, it began to climb above zero.


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.


State parks, historical sites reopen as first step in Gov. Abbott's plan to revive Texas economy

While state parks reopened across Texas on April 20, restrictions remain in place for parks visitors.


Texas Workforce Commission processes a year and a half worth of unemployment claims in one month

Since March 14, the Texas Workforce Commission has helped more than 1.2 million Texans apply for unemployment benefits.



Sales tax holiday for emergency supplies to take place April 25-27

Officials clarified that products bought online still qualify for the exemption and urged residents who visit retailers in person to follow social distancing guidelines.


$201M in coronavirus relief funds heads to Greater Houston-area airports

United Airlines expects to fly fewer people the entire month of May than it did in a single day in May 2019.


Here's a breakdown of 4 financial relief programs aimed to save small Texas businesses

The webinar highlighted four Small Business Association programs, including the Paycheck Protection Program, the Economic Injury Disaster Loan, the SBA Express Bridge Loan and SBA Debt Relief program.


Q&A: As Texas considers how to reopen the economy, disease expert urges careful planning

The are still many unknowns about the virus, according to infectious disease expert Jill Weatherhead.



Patrick Jankowski ups Houston-area job loss projections to 250,000 in March, April

Patrick Jankowski said locals could see a loss of 250,000 jobs in March and April alone.


By the numbers: New coronavirus information from across Texas

Gov. Greg Abbott released data April 13 on how Texas is dealing with the coronavirus pandemic statewide.


HELP WANTED: These companies are currently hiring in the Greater Houston area

For those actively searching for a job, here is a noncomprehensive list of companies currently offering full-time, part-time and seasonal opportunities in the Greater Houston area as of April 14.


Goldman Sachs, LiftFund partnership will release $50 million in loans for Texas small businesses

As Texas is facing its highest rate of unemployment claims in recent history, a total of $50 million in loan funds is now available for small businesses across the state to provide economic relief.