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Dan Zehr

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

Austin job growth eased in 2016, but just to a more sustainable sprint
 The latest revisions to last year’s workforce data confirmed that Austin-area employers added jobs at a much faster rate than initially reported — but also that its growth eased from the sizzling pace of the prior four years and has remained on that more modest trajectory through the start of 2017. The number of jobs in the Austin...

Posted: 2 days ago

The latest revisions to last year’s workforce data confirmed that Austin-area employers added jobs at a much faster rate than initially reported — but also that its growth eased from the sizzling pace of the prior four years and has remained on that more modest trajectory through the start of 2017. The number of jobs in the Austin...
Austin, other key hubs keep expanding dominance in tech jobs
 Most of the visitors bustling around Austin for South by Southwest’s interactive track hail from the usual tech hubs, and the stranglehold those regions have on the country’s high-tech talent pool has only tightened in recent years. From 2010 to 2015, most of the country’s 100 largest metro areas added jobs in a key set...

Posted: 15 days ago

Most of the visitors bustling around Austin for South by Southwest’s interactive track hail from the usual tech hubs, and the stranglehold those regions have on the country’s high-tech talent pool has only tightened in recent years. From 2010 to 2015, most of the country’s 100 largest metro areas added jobs in a key set...
High-tech firms, educators push bills to fund computer science classes
 High-tech companies in Austin and across Texas struggle to find workers with the computer science and technical skills they need. More often than not, they have to poach workers from other companies or recruit them from other states and countries. Even at full capacity, the Central Texas higher education pipeline produces only half the...

Posted: 21 days ago

High-tech companies in Austin and across Texas struggle to find workers with the computer science and technical skills they need. More often than not, they have to poach workers from other companies or recruit them from other states and countries. Even at full capacity, the Central Texas higher education pipeline produces only half the...
A year can swing rankings, but Austin economic trajectory still strong
 What a difference a year can make. The Austin metro area regularly posts some of the country’s strongest economic growth rates, but a report last year raised questions about how broadly Central Texans shared in those gains. This year, the same Brookings Institution Inclusive Growth Index showed Austin made a marked improvement on measures...

Posted: 22 days ago

What a difference a year can make. The Austin metro area regularly posts some of the country’s strongest economic growth rates, but a report last year raised questions about how broadly Central Texans shared in those gains. This year, the same Brookings Institution Inclusive Growth Index showed Austin made a marked improvement on measures...
Dallas Fed: Regional economy expands on rising demand, energy recovery
 Widespread increases in demand and the continued recovery of the Texas manufacturing and energy sectors fueled solid regional economic growth in recent weeks, 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 compiled every six weeks by the Federal...

Posted: 24 days ago

Widespread increases in demand and the continued recovery of the Texas manufacturing and energy sectors fueled solid regional economic growth in recent weeks, 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 compiled every six weeks by the Federal...
Texas service sector growth boosts hiring plans, but concerns persist
 Steady retail sales growth helped sustain the expansion of the Texas service sector in February, but some uncertainties about the new White House administration and the energy industry’s recovery added a note of caution to otherwise optimistic outlooks, according to a report Tuesday from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. The state...

Posted: 26 days ago

Steady retail sales growth helped sustain the expansion of the Texas service sector in February, but some uncertainties about the new White House administration and the energy industry’s recovery added a note of caution to otherwise optimistic outlooks, according to a report Tuesday from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. The state...
Dallas Fed: Texas factory production, employment increase in February
 The ongoing rebound in Texas factory activity extended into its eighth month in February, having now set deep enough roots to consistently boost hiring activity and expectations, according to a report Monday from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. The state production index, a key measure of manufacturing health in Texas, increased to a...

Posted: 27 days ago

The ongoing rebound in Texas factory activity extended into its eighth month in February, having now set deep enough roots to consistently boost hiring activity and expectations, according to a report Monday from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. The state production index, a key measure of manufacturing health in Texas, increased to a...
Austin’s Forestar Group sells remaining oil and gas assets

8:20 PM Friday, Feb. 24, 2017

Austin-based Forestar Group Inc. has reached an agreement to sell substantially all of its remaining oil and gas assets for $85.6 million, continuing its divestiture of holdings outside its main residential and mixed-use development portfolio. In a filing with the U.S. Securites and Exchange Commission, the developer said it had agreed to...
Garza to step down as CEO of Seton Healthcare Family
 Jesús Garza, a former Austin city manager and one of the leading architects of the health care safety net in Central Texas, said Thursday he will retire as CEO of the Seton Healthcare Family. Garza will continue to work with Seton as it identifies and transitions to new leadership and eventually plans to consult for Ascension, Seton&rsquo...

9:24 PM Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017

Jesús Garza, a former Austin city manager and one of the leading architects of the health care safety net in Central Texas, said Thursday he will retire as CEO of the Seton Healthcare Family. Garza will continue to work with Seton as it identifies and transitions to new leadership and eventually plans to consult for Ascension, Seton&rsquo...
On Texas tour,  U.S. producers aim to reshape view of modern manufacturing
 The National Association of Manufacturers kicked off its annual State of Manufacturing tour Wednesday in Round Rock, seeking to capitalize on a friendly atmosphere in Washington and refashion the perception of American factory jobs and what’s happened to them. Officials with the industry trade group, one of the largest and most influential...

10:59 PM Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017

The National Association of Manufacturers kicked off its annual State of Manufacturing tour Wednesday in Round Rock, seeking to capitalize on a friendly atmosphere in Washington and refashion the perception of American factory jobs and what’s happened to them. Officials with the industry trade group, one of the largest and most influential...
Health care leaders launch council to promote industry, region’s health
 A coalition of Austin health care leaders have created an organization designed to promote the industry and improve community health. Modeled off a similar coalition in Nashville, the Austin Healthcare Council will provide a new forum for interaction and collaboration among the area’s hospital systems and clinics, the Dell Medical School...

9:46 PM Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017

A coalition of Austin health care leaders have created an organization designed to promote the industry and improve community health. Modeled off a similar coalition in Nashville, the Austin Healthcare Council will provide a new forum for interaction and collaboration among the area’s hospital systems and clinics, the Dell Medical School...