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8:37 PM Feb 24, 2021 CST

Fry's Electronics calls it quits after nearly 36 years in business

As many as 31 stores across nine states will be shuttered as Fry's Electronics shuts down due to market changes and the pandemic.


Greater Houston area could see economic relief from pandemic around mid-2021, economist says

Emerging technology and alternative-energy sectors could help ease the blow of the downturn in Houston's oil and gas industry caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.


U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw files oil and gas legislation in response to Biden executive order

If passed into law, the congressman's bill would override the president's order, according to a statement.



Pandemic-induced retail conveniences are here to stay, official says

According to Jazz Hamilton, first vice president with the Retail Brokerage Services group for CBRE, between January and November of 2020, consumers spent almost $550 billion online—a 33% increase from 2019.


Sales, management, maintenance are leading employment sectors in Conroe, Montgomery, Willis

Check out what the top occupations are in Conroe, Montgomery and Willis.


Here's what small businesses should know about the second round of the Paycheck Protection Program

A second round of the Paycheck Protection Program has been approved by Congress and aims to continue distributing financial relief to small businesses. Here is everything you need to know about the second round of the loan program.


Texas Gov. Greg Abbott addresses COVID-19 vaccine, economic effects

The governor explained what Texas has learned from the pandemic and how that will affect legislative priorities.



Q&A: How the pandemic could change Houston’s restaurant industry long term

From ghost kitchens to margaritas to go, experts believe some restaurant trends from 2020 are here to stay beyond the pandemic.


Employment forecast: Houston’s economy has ‘a long way to go’ to fully recover from COVID-19 recession

Patrick Jankowski said he projects between 35,000-52,000 new jobs will be added to the Houston region in the coming year, but it all depends on whether the COVID-19 virus can be contained.


U.S. Small Business Administration lending in Houston during FY 2019-20 amounts to 19 years of typical lending

About 236,000 businesses in the Houston area were approved for assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration from October 2019-September 2020.


ExxonMobil to lay off 1,900 employees primarily in Greater Houston area

Citing economic strain due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, ExxonMobil officials announced in a press release Oct. 29 plans to lay off approximately 1,900 employees primarily at its management offices in Houston.



Report: 1 in 4 jobs added by 2036 in Greater Houston will be in the health care sector

However, failing to further develop a talent pipeline in medical expertise would lead to job losses, the report notes.


Greater Houston region faces glut of industrial, commercial space and multifamily housing

While the Greater Houston area has seen a glut of office space for the last six years, Patrick Jankowski said the industrial buildup has happened more in the past year and a half.


Six months in, Houston-area apartment rents still feeling COVID-19 squeeze

Rents for high-end Class A properties averaged $1,463 in August, the lowest such level in over two years.


Texas Workforce Commission applies for additional unemployment benefit funding

The Texas Workforce Commission has reported 3.2 million Texans have filed for unemployment relief since mid-March.



TABC change opens window for some bars to qualify as restaurants under state pandemic orders

Following a new industry guideline recently distributed by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, more bars across the state may soon be able to qualify as restaurants.


Shortened census timeline could shortchange Houston, its most vulnerable communities

The 2020 U.S. census response rate is already lagging behind 2010 numbers, and officials said the shortened timeline only increases the chances of an undercount.


Report: With boost in e-commerce, Texas sales tax receipts increased 4.3% in July

The loss of extra unemployment support could send numbers back down, however.


Q&A: Houston business leader says federal Paycheck Protection Program has ‘made a significant difference’

"The doors [for business assistance] have been opened just about as wide as they can be made because it’s very unusual times," said Tim Jeffcoat, the district director of the U.S. Small Business Administration in Houston.



Some breweries may qualify to operate as restaurants under new TABC guidelines

Some breweries across the state may now reopen as restaurants after the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission released new guidelines on how restaurants may calculate their alcohol sales receipts.


Comptroller: Texas has lost 2 million jobs, is projected to lose $4.6B due to COVID-19

The state of Texas gained 50,000 new jobs in February, but since the coronavirus pandemic hit, more than 2 million jobs have been lost.


Here's how to participate in Texas' annual sales tax holiday Aug. 7-9

This year sales tax-exempt purchases can be made online, over the phone or by mail.


Houston official: US has lost 6 years of job growth due to pandemic downturn

Despite gains made in early June, Patrick Jankowski, vice president of research for the Greater Houston Partnership, said the Greater Houston area still has more than 217,000 jobs to recoup for the economy to return to its prepandemic state—a process that could take anywhere from two to five years.