Spring - Klein

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9:47 AM Apr 9, 2020 CDT

More Texans have filed for unemployment in past three weeks than in all of 2019

For the second week in a row, more than 6 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits, according to federal data.


UPDATED: H-GAC no longer accepting applications for Harris County's Small Business Economic Assistance Loan Program

In partnership with the Houston-Galveston Area Council, Harris County launched a $10 million Small Business Economic Assistance Loan Program on April 7 to help small businesses on the road to recovery.


Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce survey: Majority of respondents have been negatively affected by coronavirus

According to the survey results, 92.6% of 95 respondents said their business is being negatively impacted by the coronavirus outbreak, while 7.3% said their business is not being negatively impacted.



TSA limits checkpoints at George Bush Intercontinental Airport; Houston Airport System expects significant decline in March passengers

With low passenger travel amid the coronavirus pandemic, Transportation Security Administration checkpoints at George Bush Intercontinental Airport have been consolidated to make better use of resources and personnel, Houston Airport System officials said.


Struggling to pay April rent? Here are some resources in the Greater Houston area

The deadline for April rent is looming as renters—both in public and private housing—in the Greater Houston area may be struggling financially in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.


Sen. John Cornyn discusses provisions laid out in CARES Act

The $2 trillion package provides funding to help fight the virus and to provide financial assistance for Americans during the pandemic.


Texas sees 77% increase in unemployment insurance claims during week ending March 28

Texas ranked fifth among states in the U.S. with 275,597 initial claims filed the week ending March 28.



Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce launches dues relief program

To provide relief for local businesses struggling as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce launched a dues relief program April 1.


Houston economist predicts more than 150,000 job losses this year due to coronavirus

While sectors that are considered nonessential and cannot deliver their goods and services remotely are most at risk, the economist said all jobs are on the line if the shutdown continues after May.


Q&A: Federal Reserve business economist discusses the energy industry's 2020 outlook

The industry is contending with effects of the coronavirus outbreak and uncertainty in the oil market following a steep price drop in March.


Q&A: U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady discusses the passage of the CARES Act

The stimulus package passed through Congress this week and was expected to be signed by President Donald Trump on March 27.



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.



Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce postpones economic outlook forum, cancels other March events

In an effort to limit possible coronavirus exposure, the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce has canceled its March 19 Knowledge Series event and March 24 Networking Breakfast event and postponed its Economic Outlook Forum, originally scheduled for April 2.


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.


Management district to improve FM 1960 gets closer to reality

The Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce has taken the first step in a new effort to revitalize the FM 1960 corridor, which local property owners and officials said has become infamous for its decline in economic activity over the last few decades.


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.



Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce begins process of creating FM 1960 management district

The management district will serve to promote economic development along the FM 1960 commercial corridor


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.


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.