December 9, 2013 5:00 am
Public Comment Sought On BP-Funded Restoration Projects
Public comment is invited next month on proposed restoration projects in the gulf. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill natural resource damage assessment trustees have released a draft plan that provides about $18.4 million for restoration projects in Texas.
December 6, 2013 4:52 am
College Costs Increase As Family Incomes And Savings Remain Flat
The average student debt load from college continues to rise, with average debts close to $30,000.
December 5, 2013 5:00 am
Conference Discusses Ways To Reverse Downward Trend Of Global Investment In US
A two-day conference on reinvesting in American manufacturing continues today at the Omni Hotel.
December 4, 2013 5:00 am
Key Texas Economic Index On the Rise
A key indicator of the state's economic health ticked-up in September, the first significant jump in what has been a flat 2013 so far.
December 3, 2013 4:57 pm
Greater Houston Partnership Predicts Job Growth Back To Normal In 2014
The Greater Houston Partnership unveiled its Houston area jobs forecast for 2014. The numbers are expected to be lower than this year, but that doesn't mean bad news for the region.
December 3, 2013 5:00 am
Second Fast-Food Walkout Set For Thursday
Another fast-food strike is set for this Thursday. Restaurant workers in about 100 cities — including Houston — plan a job walk-out. This builds on a campaign calling attention to the difficulties of living on the minimum wage.
December 2, 2013 5:00 am
Nearly 90% Of Employees To Shop Online During Work Hours On Cyber Monday
Houston businesses may have difficulty getting much done today, as workers return from Thanksgiving weekend. That's because many of their employees will be shopping online.
November 29, 2013 5:00 am
Job Corps Taking Houston Applications Through Holidays
The U.S. Labor Department's Job Corps program is accepting applications throughout the holiday season. The program provides free education and job training to eligible young people, ages 16 to 24.
November 28, 2013 3:00 pm
Why Small Businesses Are Looking Forward To This Saturday
Thanksgiving rings in the start of the holiday shopping season with large retailers offering great deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. In the last few years, another special shopping day was added to the mix: Small Business Saturday. So how much of an impact has that day made?
November 28, 2013 5:00 am
Stagnant Wages, Mounting Bills Weigh On Holiday Shoppers
A new study finds consumers are heading into the holiday shopping season with high levels of anxiety about paying the bills they already owe. What does that mean for the retail sector?
November 27, 2013 5:00 am
TexPIRG Warns Magnets Among Fastest-Growing Toy Safety Problems
The Texas Public Interest Research Group, or TexPIRG, has released its annual guide to unsafe toys, just in time for the holiday shopping season.
November 26, 2013 2:46 pm
In A Reversal, Men's Wearhouse Launches Takeover Bid For Jos. A. Bank
Men's Wearhouse is turning the tables on its recent pursuer. The Houston-based retailer is offering to buy out rival Joseph A. Bank Clothiers for $1.5 billion.
November 26, 2013 5:00 am
Criminals Expected To Target Holiday Shoppers
The Harris County Sheriff's Office is warning holiday shoppers to be on guard against car burglars and thieves.
November 25, 2013 5:00 am
As Xbox One Hits Shelves, Microsoft Ponders Sale Of Gaming Console Division
Microsoft's Xbox One launched just after midnight on Friday, following hard on the heels of Sony's PlayStation Four. But Microsoft may not be in the gaming console business much longer.
November 22, 2013 5:00 am
Taking A Break From Job Hunting For The Holidays? Employers Aren't
Job seekers often put their search on hold during the holiday season. Those that do may be missing out on their best chance to start the New Year employed.
November 21, 2013 5:00 am
Total Energy USA Doubles Number of Exhibitors in Second Year
The second annual Total Energy USA Conference wraps up today at the George R. Brown Convention Center downtown.
November 20, 2013 5:00 am
Strong October Sales Cut Housing Inventory
Single-family home sales in Houston hit a six-month low in October. But the region showed strong activity for the month, generally one of the slowest in the year for the real estate market.
November 19, 2013 5:00 am
Biden Says Texas Risks Losing Jobs Without Federal Funding For Port Upgrades
Vice President Joe Biden used his visit to the Port of Houston to call on Congress to increase funding for the nation's infrastructure.
November 18, 2013 3:04 pm
VP Biden: Infrastructure Funding Critical To Future Of US Manufacturing
Vice President Joe Biden toured the Port of Houston today, prior to departing for his trip to Panama. Biden used the opportunity to call on Congress to approve funding for the Obama administration's proposal to upgrade the nation's infrastructure.
November 18, 2013 5:00 am
Forty Years On, Energy Independence is Closer, But Still Out of Reach
The revolution in domestic energy production has driven U.S. oil imports to a forty-year low. But the goal of energy independence remains elusive.
November 15, 2013 2:04 pm
Crude Oil Imports Plunge As Eagle Ford Production Surges
Foreign trade passing through the Houston-Galveston Customs District dropped during the first nine months of the year, compared to the same period in 2012. Most of that drop came in the form of reduced imports of crude oil.
November 14, 2013 5:00 am
Vice President Biden To Visit Port Of Houston
Vice President Joe Biden will visit the Port of Houston next Monday to encourage economic development and capitalize on the expansion of the Panama Canal.
November 13, 2013 5:09 am
Chemical, Metals Manufacturers Call To Limit LNG Exports
The Department of Energy is reviewing applications for more than twenty new terminals to export liquefied natural gas, or LNG. A group of chemical and metals manufacturers is calling on the department to hit the brakes.
November 12, 2013 5:00 am
Regional Car And Truck Sales Top 30,000 Units For Fourth Straight Month
Sales at Houston-area auto dealers cooled in October, following unusually strong showing in September.
November 11, 2013 3:12 pm
Houston Industrial Activity Plateaus In October
Houston economic activity held steady in October, according to the latest survey of local purchasing managers.
November 11, 2013 5:00 am
Slowing Job Growth Weighs On Commercial Real Estate Market
Job growth across Greater Houston is still the envy of most other major U.S. metro areas. But the pace of growth is slowing. That could have consequences for the real estate sector.
November 8, 2013 5:00 am
Whole Foods Is Coming To The Woodlands
Construction is set to begin in The Woodlands on a new Whole Foods Market. The store will be Whole Foods’ tenth in the Houston area when it opens for business in 2015.
November 7, 2013 5:00 am
Houston Ranks No 1 Among US Metro Areas In NAFTA Trade
Houston leads the hundred largest U.S. metro areas in terms of its total volume of goods trade with Canada and Mexico. That's according to a new study by the Brookings Institution.
November 6, 2013 4:30 pm
Texas Nearing Parity With China On Manufacturing Costs
The boom in domestic energy production is continuing to yield benefits for Texas manufacturing.
November 6, 2013 5:00 am
Texas Drops To Third Place In Attractiveness To Corporate Investors
Texas is losing ground in terms of its overall friendliness to business. That's according to the latest annual ranking of state business climates, published by Site Selection magazine.