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

Austin-area builders post largest monthly job gains since 2000
 Bryan Kent and his colleagues at DPR Construction know they have to keep their workers happy. In a market growing as rapidly as Austin’s – and especially in a construction industry that’s famished for labor – quality workers will have no problem finding a good option elsewhere. “There definitely is pressure to...

10:40 PM Friday, Mar. 23, 2018

Bryan Kent and his colleagues at DPR Construction know they have to keep their workers happy. In a market growing as rapidly as Austin’s – and especially in a construction industry that’s famished for labor – quality workers will have no problem finding a good option elsewhere. “There definitely is pressure to...
At SXSW, artificial intelligence talk focused on more pragmatic, near-term possibilities
 Maybe Ed Doran really does like to listen to Jamaican-infused Nordic metal bands, maybe he doesn’t. Either way, there are times he wants to crank the music up to 11, and times it’s better muted. Unfortunately, artificial intelligence can’t always tell the difference, and that missing context ranks among the key challenges...

5:30 PM Friday, Mar. 23, 2018

Maybe Ed Doran really does like to listen to Jamaican-infused Nordic metal bands, maybe he doesn’t. Either way, there are times he wants to crank the music up to 11, and times it’s better muted. Unfortunately, artificial intelligence can’t always tell the difference, and that missing context ranks among the key challenges...
Austin job growth continues, handles new surge of workers
 Virtually every sector of the Austin-area employment mix added jobs in February, helping soak up an unusually large surge of workers entering or returning to the labor force, according to preliminary data released Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission. Local employers added about 9,700 jobs during the month, expanding payrolls at a rate...

3:59 PM Friday, Mar. 23, 2018

Virtually every sector of the Austin-area employment mix added jobs in February, helping soak up an unusually large surge of workers entering or returning to the labor force, according to preliminary data released Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission. Local employers added about 9,700 jobs during the month, expanding payrolls at a rate...
Mix of startups, incoming firms keeps Austin job growth buzzing
 Austin occupies a rare and fortunate niche in the country’s high-tech labor market. On one hand, local universities and entrepreneurs have spawned enough research and startup activity to sustain local growth. On the other, the region remains inexpensive enough – and retains a deep enough talent pool – to draw in new jobs...

11:25 PM Friday, Mar. 09, 2018

Austin occupies a rare and fortunate niche in the country’s high-tech labor market. On one hand, local universities and entrepreneurs have spawned enough research and startup activity to sustain local growth. On the other, the region remains inexpensive enough – and retains a deep enough talent pool – to draw in new jobs...
In tight labor market, Austin employers kept up pace of job growth
 Austin-area employers sustained the region’s strong job growth last year despite an increasingly tight labor market, but they cut jobs in their typical seasonal patterns during January, according to data released Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission. Metro-area payrolls expanded by 3.3 percent in 2017, maintaining the same healthy...

4:48 PM Friday, Mar. 09, 2018

Austin-area employers sustained the region’s strong job growth last year despite an increasingly tight labor market, but they cut jobs in their typical seasonal patterns during January, according to data released Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission. Metro-area payrolls expanded by 3.3 percent in 2017, maintaining the same healthy...
Dallas Fed: Slower retail sales dent region’s economic growth
 A modest decline in retail sales cooled the ongoing growth of the regional economy in recent weeks, but widespread demand and the continued resurgence of the energy and manufacturing sectors helped drive activity, according to a report Wednesday from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. In its chapter of the Beige Book, an anecdotal report...

11:28 PM Wednesday, Mar. 07, 2018

A modest decline in retail sales cooled the ongoing growth of the regional economy in recent weeks, but widespread demand and the continued resurgence of the energy and manufacturing sectors helped drive activity, according to a report Wednesday from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. In its chapter of the Beige Book, an anecdotal report...
Will Austin’s labor market help it land Amazon’s HQ2 project?
 At the moment, only Amazon’s top executives really know which factors will decide what city wins the battle for the $5 billion project Amazon has dubbed HQ2 But to the extent that workforce factors will influence the decision, Austin might face an uphill battle. An in-depth analysis compiled by labor-market analytics firm Emsi for the...

5:52 PM Friday, Feb. 16, 2018

At the moment, only Amazon’s top executives really know which factors will decide what city wins the battle for the $5 billion project Amazon has dubbed HQ2 But to the extent that workforce factors will influence the decision, Austin might face an uphill battle. An in-depth analysis compiled by labor-market analytics firm Emsi for the...
In bid for Amazon’s HQ2, is Austin’s labor market a plus or a minus?
 Despite all the bluster about tax incentives, site selection and economic development experts insist that more mundane factors — especially workforce criteria – still hold the greatest sway over corporate relocation and expansion decisions.  Of course, we might have to toss all the usual expectations when it comes to Amazon&rsquo...

5:44 PM Friday, Feb. 16, 2018

Despite all the bluster about tax incentives, site selection and economic development experts insist that more mundane factors — especially workforce criteria – still hold the greatest sway over corporate relocation and expansion decisions.  Of course, we might have to toss all the usual expectations when it comes to Amazon&rsquo...
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...

9:52 PM Friday, Jan. 19, 2018

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...