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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

Worker skills, job demands, wages — what makes a ‘middle-class’ job?
 The difficulties visiting the American middle class have not bypassed Austin, where the influx of highly educated and often wealthy people has sent the cost of living skyward. Yet discussions about how to support middle-class Central Texans often conflate the various factors that contribute to their struggles. The hodge-podge gets especially...

Posted: 9 days ago

The difficulties visiting the American middle class have not bypassed Austin, where the influx of highly educated and often wealthy people has sent the cost of living skyward. Yet discussions about how to support middle-class Central Texans often conflate the various factors that contribute to their struggles. The hodge-podge gets especially...
Austin job growth cools, but drop in labor force props up jobless rate
 Austin-area employers slowed their pace of job creation in May, as the region’s tight labor market and, for some companies, uncertainty about the political environment helped keep payroll expansion in check. Employers in the metro area added 1,200 jobs during the month, posting the slowest rate of payroll growth for any May since 2011...

Posted: 10 days ago

Austin-area employers slowed their pace of job creation in May, as the region’s tight labor market and, for some companies, uncertainty about the political environment helped keep payroll expansion in check. Employers in the metro area added 1,200 jobs during the month, posting the slowest rate of payroll growth for any May since 2011...
Investment chief at teachers’ pension fund jumps to same job at UTIMCO
 The longtime chief investment officer of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas is leaving to take the same position at the smaller University of Texas/Texas A&M Investment Management Co., both funds announced Friday. Thomas “Britt” Harris, who oversaw investment strategy at TRS for more than a decade, will begin as chief executive...

Posted: 10 days ago

The longtime chief investment officer of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas is leaving to take the same position at the smaller University of Texas/Texas A&M Investment Management Co., both funds announced Friday. Thomas “Britt” Harris, who oversaw investment strategy at TRS for more than a decade, will begin as chief executive...
LOCAL EMPLOYMENT: Jobless rate stable in May, but number of employed workers drops
 Central Texas employers added jobs at a modest pace in May, but the number of employed workers in the metro area dropped at a pace faster than usual for the month, according to preliminary data released Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission. The metro unemployment rate held steady at 3.2 percent in May, the commission said, but that figure...

Posted: 10 days ago

Central Texas employers added jobs at a modest pace in May, but the number of employed workers in the metro area dropped at a pace faster than usual for the month, according to preliminary data released Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission. The metro unemployment rate held steady at 3.2 percent in May, the commission said, but that figure...
Austin news outlets launch project to help clarify CodeNext initiative
 The Austin American-Statesman and three of the region’s leading news outlets this morning announced a collaboration designed to help residents digest and participate in the complex rewrite of Austin’s land use regulations. The new website, called CodeNext Hub, will aggregate news coverage about the city’s ...

Posted: 13 days ago

The Austin American-Statesman and three of the region’s leading news outlets this morning announced a collaboration designed to help residents digest and participate in the complex rewrite of Austin’s land use regulations. The new website, called CodeNext Hub, will aggregate news coverage about the city’s ...
Which Austin-area companies made the Fortune 500 list this year?
 Fortune magazine is out with its annual Fortune 500 list of America's 500 largest companies, as measured by annual revenue. This year, two Austin-area companies are ranked in the Fortune 500, and the names probably won’t surprise anybody: Round Rock-based Dell Technologies ranks No. 41 on the list with $64.8 billion in annual revenue...

Posted: 19 days ago

Fortune magazine is out with its annual Fortune 500 list of America's 500 largest companies, as measured by annual revenue. This year, two Austin-area companies are ranked in the Fortune 500, and the names probably won’t surprise anybody: Round Rock-based Dell Technologies ranks No. 41 on the list with $64.8 billion in annual revenue...
AUSTIN ECONOMY: New workforce plan aims at income side of affordability dilemma
 City, county and local business officials will unveil a comprehensive new regional workforce training plan Thursday, seeking to address Austin’s twin challenges of affordability and economic inequality by boosting incomes rather than controlling costs. With much of the public debate focused on Austin’s rising property taxes, housing...

Posted: 25 days ago

City, county and local business officials will unveil a comprehensive new regional workforce training plan Thursday, seeking to address Austin’s twin challenges of affordability and economic inequality by boosting incomes rather than controlling costs. With much of the public debate focused on Austin’s rising property taxes, housing...
New workforce plan aims at income side of Austin affordability dilemma
 City, county and local business officials will unveil a comprehensive new regional workforce training plan Thursday, seeking to address Austin’s twin challenges of affordability and economic inequality by boosting incomes rather than controlling costs. With much of the public debate focused on Austin’s rising property taxes, housing...

Posted: 25 days ago

City, county and local business officials will unveil a comprehensive new regional workforce training plan Thursday, seeking to address Austin’s twin challenges of affordability and economic inequality by boosting incomes rather than controlling costs. With much of the public debate focused on Austin’s rising property taxes, housing...
Dallas Fed: Widespread demand fueling growth of region’s economy
 The stabilization of the energy industry and continued strong demand across a wide array of industries fueled the ongoing expansion of regional economic activity 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...

Posted: 25 days ago

The stabilization of the energy industry and continued strong demand across a wide array of industries fueled the ongoing expansion of regional economic activity 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...