Dan Zehr

Finance & economy reporter

Dan Zehr covers finance and the economy for the Austin American-Statesman. He rejoined the Statesman in March 2012 after three years in California. In his previous, five-year tour at the Statesman, Zehr wrote primarily about Dell and the personal-computer industry. Between the two terms at the newspaper, he collaborated on three book projects -- two on the corporate use of social media and one on the consumer market opportunities in the Arab League countries.

Latest from Dan Zehr

Governor’s tweet: Inaccurate or a breach of confidentiality?

Posted: a minute ago

A tweet sent Wednesday by Gov. Greg Abbott might have violated rules on the confidentiality of workforce numbers prior to their official release. “The Texas unemployment rate is now the lowest it’s been in 40 years & Texas led the nation last month in new job creation,” Abbott said in his tweet. The governor’s office...
Austin-area manufacturers battle tight job market
 A few years ago, John Newman ran into a young man working at a local restaurant. The guy was in a low-skill, low-wage job, but his work hinted at a certain aptitude with his hands and his mind. So Newman, chief financial officer at Athena Manufacturing, struck up a conversation with him. “He ended up being one of the smartest guys in...

Posted: a minute ago

A few years ago, John Newman ran into a young man working at a local restaurant. The guy was in a low-skill, low-wage job, but his work hinted at a certain aptitude with his hands and his mind. So Newman, chief financial officer at Athena Manufacturing, struck up a conversation with him. “He ended up being one of the smartest guys in...
As Austin nursing shortage grows, traveling nurses help fill gap
 It took months for Ashley Senatus to find her first nursing job, and she loved the colleagues and managers with whom she worked over the next three-plus years. She just couldn’t ignore her curiosity and sense of adventure. So rather than settle into a nursing career in her hometown Miami, she signed on with Cross Country Staffing, one...

Posted: 23 minutes ago

It took months for Ashley Senatus to find her first nursing job, and she loved the colleagues and managers with whom she worked over the next three-plus years. She just couldn’t ignore her curiosity and sense of adventure. So rather than settle into a nursing career in her hometown Miami, she signed on with Cross Country Staffing, one...
Austin jobless rate at 2.6% as employers add jobs, labor force shrinks
 A surge in local job creation and an unusual contraction in the labor force combined to help send the Austin-area unemployment rate to its lowest point in almost 17 years. The metro-area jobless rate dropped to 2.6 percent in October, down from 2.9 percent the prior month and to its lowest point since it hit 2.3 percent in December 2000,...

Posted: 3 hours ago

A surge in local job creation and an unusual contraction in the labor force combined to help send the Austin-area unemployment rate to its lowest point in almost 17 years. The metro-area jobless rate dropped to 2.6 percent in October, down from 2.9 percent the prior month and to its lowest point since it hit 2.3 percent in December 2000,...
As Austin nursing shortage grows, traveling nurses help fill gap
 It took months for Ashley Senatus to find her first nursing job, and she loved the colleagues and managers with whom she worked over the next three-plus years. She just couldn’t ignore her curiosity and sense of adventure. So rather than settle into a nursing career in her hometown Miami, she signed on with Cross Country Staffing, one...

Posted: 23 hours ago

It took months for Ashley Senatus to find her first nursing job, and she loved the colleagues and managers with whom she worked over the next three-plus years. She just couldn’t ignore her curiosity and sense of adventure. So rather than settle into a nursing career in her hometown Miami, she signed on with Cross Country Staffing, one...
Study: Dramatic rise of digital skills should shift job-training focus
 A really nice black-and-white print. It’s about all Jana Birchum misses about analog photography. “Otherwise, to hell with it,” Birchum said. “It was a lot of standing around in the dark with smelly chemicals.” These days, she and most of her professional photographer peers are happy to leave darkrooms in the...

Posted: 2 days ago

A really nice black-and-white print. It’s about all Jana Birchum misses about analog photography. “Otherwise, to hell with it,” Birchum said. “It was a lot of standing around in the dark with smelly chemicals.” These days, she and most of her professional photographer peers are happy to leave darkrooms in the...
What House tax plan could mean for Texas taxpayers

Posted: 14 days ago

It would take days – and more than a few attorneys – to figure out how the new House tax bill would affect specific individual or corporate taxpayers, but the plan includes some obvious pluses and minuses for Texas taxpayers. Of the proposals included in the bill, two might stand out for Texas residents. The first would cap the...
Tight labor market heightens premium on startups, education, exports
 Austin’s rapid business and population growth have started to stretch its capacity, snarling highways, slowing job growth and making the region less affordable for many of its residents. Yet, the metro area’s ability to sustain its entrepreneurial spark has allowed employers to continue adding jobs, and the region’s potential...

Posted: 27 days ago

Austin’s rapid business and population growth have started to stretch its capacity, snarling highways, slowing job growth and making the region less affordable for many of its residents. Yet, the metro area’s ability to sustain its entrepreneurial spark has allowed employers to continue adding jobs, and the region’s potential...
Hiring surge, especially at schools, drops Austin unemployment rate
 Austin-area workers streamed back into the labor force and, for most of them, directly into jobs during September, pushing the metro-area unemployment rate back down below 3 percent, according to preliminary data released Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission. The number of employed Central Texans surged almost four times faster than the...

Posted: 28 days ago

Austin-area workers streamed back into the labor force and, for most of them, directly into jobs during September, pushing the metro-area unemployment rate back down below 3 percent, according to preliminary data released Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission. The number of employed Central Texans surged almost four times faster than the...
Dallas Fed: Harvey’s economic damage temporary; recovery boosts demand
 It appears Hurricane Harvey will inflict little long-term disruption on the regional economy, which continued to expand at a “moderate pace” over the past six weeks despite the giant storm, according to a report Wednesday from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. In its chapter of the Beige Book, an anecdotal survey of the economy...

Posted: 29 days ago

It appears Hurricane Harvey will inflict little long-term disruption on the regional economy, which continued to expand at a “moderate pace” over the past six weeks despite the giant storm, according to a report Wednesday from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. In its chapter of the Beige Book, an anecdotal survey of the economy...
Gentrification, rising rents put squeeze on more Austin households
 The pressures of gentrification and rising rents grew faster and spread farther in Austin than in comparable metro areas around the country, setting off ripple effects that could raise health care costs and undermine the quality of education for residents throughout the region, according to the authors of a report due out Tuesday. Researchers...

5:01 AM Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017

The pressures of gentrification and rising rents grew faster and spread farther in Austin than in comparable metro areas around the country, setting off ripple effects that could raise health care costs and undermine the quality of education for residents throughout the region, according to the authors of a report due out Tuesday. Researchers...