New and historic restaurants downtown face unprecedented financial challenges while trying to survive the coronavirus pandemic.
Before COVID-19 hit, day laborers routinely earned as much as $180 a day. But things have gotten tight, as they have for many of the people who would normally pay them for their work.
Experts say the improvement in Texas’ unemployment rate may be short-lived with recent surges in coronavirus hospitalizations and deaths.
As tenants of the historic La Villita and Market Square retail hubs prepare to reopen in early June, some are looking to the city for financial relief.
Texas Workforce Commission officials say the state will run out of money in May or June. Other economists predict that could happen in as soon as three weeks.
Last week alone, 275,597 out-of-work Texans filed for unemployment relief.
Some taquerias in San Antonio have seen sales plummet amid the coronavirus pandemic, forcing them to cut staff, adjust hours.
How long will the coronavirus shutdown last? The answer will determine the fate of retailers.
Texas reported a record-low unemployment rate of 3.5% in January. The historic high was 9.2% in 1986.
San Antonio already has some of the worst poverty and segregation rates in the country. Now increasing rents are leaving low-income households struggling to keep up with the cost of living.