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

Despite tight labor market, Austin job growth maintains momentum
 Back around the middle of last year, workforce experts looked at the easing rate of Austin-area job growth and figured the inevitable had finally arrived: The region’s tight labor market was bringing expansion back to more reasonable levels. In true Austin fashion, though, local hiring re-accelerated in the months since. And after modest...

Posted: a day ago

Back around the middle of last year, workforce experts looked at the easing rate of Austin-area job growth and figured the inevitable had finally arrived: The region’s tight labor market was bringing expansion back to more reasonable levels. In true Austin fashion, though, local hiring re-accelerated in the months since. And after modest...
Modest December job growth caps steady year in Austin labor market
 Austin employers closed out 2017 with modest job growth in December, helping hold the regional unemployment rate steady in a tight labor market. Local employers added about 1,200 jobs during the month, a 0.1 increase that was in line with typical Decembers, according to preliminary data released Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission. The...

Posted: a day ago

Austin employers closed out 2017 with modest job growth in December, helping hold the regional unemployment rate steady in a tight labor market. Local employers added about 1,200 jobs during the month, a 0.1 increase that was in line with typical Decembers, according to preliminary data released Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission. The...
Comparing Austin’s competition for Amazon’s HQ2
 Here’s a look at how the finalists for  Amazon’s “HQ2” second headquarters project compare in a variety of categories, from economics to education. (Use the tool at the bottom to scroll through the table.) Notes: * This list does not include data for Toronto ** The New York City metro area includes two potential...

Posted: 2 days ago

Here’s a look at how the finalists for  Amazon’s “HQ2” second headquarters project compare in a variety of categories, from economics to education. (Use the tool at the bottom to scroll through the table.) Notes: * This list does not include data for Toronto ** The New York City metro area includes two potential...
Dallas Fed: With tax overhaul as ‘tailwind,’ regional economy surged
 Economic activity in Texas and parts of two neighboring states surged over the past six weeks, as the federal tax overhaul boosted confidence across a wide range of businesses in the region, according to a report Wednesday from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. In its chapter of the Beige Book, an anecdotal report on the economy compiled...

Posted: 3 days ago

Economic activity in Texas and parts of two neighboring states surged over the past six weeks, as the federal tax overhaul boosted confidence across a wide range of businesses in the region, according to a report Wednesday from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. In its chapter of the Beige Book, an anecdotal report on the economy compiled...
USA Compression Partners plans $1.8 billion acquisition

Posted: 5 days ago

USA Compression Partners on Tuesday announced the acquisition of a key rival in a complex, $1.8 billion deal that will make the Austin-based company one of the country’s largest providers of the horsepower that pushes natural gas through pipelines. USA Compression said it will acquire CDM Resource Management and CDM Environmental and...
Key Texas lawmaker supports Medicaid policy change

Posted: 9 days ago

An influential Texas lawmaker says he supports a new federal policy that allows states to impose work requirements for Medicaid recipients. State Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, who chairs the Texas Senate’s Health and Human Services Committee, said the policy change will allow states more flexibility with their health care systems...
After Bitcoin surges, Texas regulators start to scrutinize virtual currency offers
 The skyrocketing value of Bitcoin and the launch of several new virtual currencies in recent months has attracted a wave of new investors and speculators.  It has also attracted the eye of federal and state securities regulators across the country.  The Texas State Securities Board ratcheted the scrutiny up a notch in recent weeks...

Posted: 10 days ago

The skyrocketing value of Bitcoin and the launch of several new virtual currencies in recent months has attracted a wave of new investors and speculators.  It has also attracted the eye of federal and state securities regulators across the country.  The Texas State Securities Board ratcheted the scrutiny up a notch in recent weeks...
Dallas Fed: Texas job growth will rebound to 3 percent this year
 With the Texas economy “firing on all cylinders,” statewide job growth will accelerate in 2018, but the increasingly tight labor market here and across the country will limit the surge, according to a forecast from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. The Dallas Fed now expects Texas employers to add around 366,000 jobs, an increase...

Posted: 11 days ago

With the Texas economy “firing on all cylinders,” statewide job growth will accelerate in 2018, but the increasingly tight labor market here and across the country will limit the surge, according to a forecast from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. The Dallas Fed now expects Texas employers to add around 366,000 jobs, an increase...
A look at what 2018 could bring for Austin’s economy
 Austin enters 2018 with a labor market and economy as robust as any it has experienced in nearly two decades. However, two critical issues from the dot-com past are re-emerging and will shape 2018 — technology’s ability to increase productivity and prosperity; and the threat the tech industry could pose to a broad-based sharing...

Posted: 15 days ago

Austin enters 2018 with a labor market and economy as robust as any it has experienced in nearly two decades. However, two critical issues from the dot-com past are re-emerging and will shape 2018 — technology’s ability to increase productivity and prosperity; and the threat the tech industry could pose to a broad-based sharing...
Austin’s 2018 economy: Tech challenges, job growth, more VC dollars
 Austin enters 2018 with a labor market and economy as robust as any it has experienced in nearly two decades. Even as the region’s economic output has eased a bit in recent years, its expansion continues to outpace nearly every large metro area in the country. And, on top of that, its unemployment rate has dropped to levels not seen...

Posted: 15 days ago

Austin enters 2018 with a labor market and economy as robust as any it has experienced in nearly two decades. Even as the region’s economic output has eased a bit in recent years, its expansion continues to outpace nearly every large metro area in the country. And, on top of that, its unemployment rate has dropped to levels not seen...
Dallas Fed: Texas factory output spikes to 11-year high in December
 Texas factory production tends to ebb and flow from one month to the next, but overall output surged throughout 2017 and in December reached its highest point in more than 11 years, according to a new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. The state production index, a key measure of factory activity statewide, jumped to a reading...

Posted: 25 days ago

Texas factory production tends to ebb and flow from one month to the next, but overall output surged throughout 2017 and in December reached its highest point in more than 11 years, according to a new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. The state production index, a key measure of factory activity statewide, jumped to a reading...