Sugar Land - Missouri City

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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.


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.


Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce shares information about small-business relief programs

Community Impact Newspaper sat in on the chamber's webinar in order to share answers to frequently asked questions about the CARES Act.



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.


Four takeaways from Missouri City’s March 30 special City Council meeting

Council was presented with a clean financial audit, discussed the search for a new city manager, moved toward postpoining the May 2 election and more.



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.


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.



Sugar Land city manager weighs in on economic strain attributed to coronavirus pandemic

"While our finances are sound and resilient, the economic impact of COVID-19 is unprecedented," Goodrum said.


Local business owners to feel the effects of the coronavirus driven Imperial Farmer’s Market closure

As the first weekend without many area markets comes and goes, vendors are wondering what this could mean for their businesses.


Local restaurants, businesses in Sugar Land and Missouri City struggle as new limiting regulations interrupt regular operations

The local business community in Sugar Land and Missouri City is feeling the negative effects of county- and state-mandated closures of businesses and dining rooms in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus.


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.



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.