San Antonio businesses on the long road back from the coronavirus pandemic
Updated: Jun 9, 2020
States across the country are reopening businesses after months of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. San Antonio, with the rest of Texas, began reopening in May and could provide a snapshot of what's to come for other American cities.
We were pleasantly surprised, Friday, when the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics said unemployment had fallen to just over 13%. But, there was a mistake. The BLS says, due to a "misclassification error," the jobless rate was likely three percentage points higher, above 16%. In the confusion of the pandemic, it's estimated nearly 5 million furloughed Americans weren't counted as unemployed. Friday's report also said joblessness fell for whites and Hispanics, but increased slightly for black and Asian Americans. It's another sign of uncertainty as the U.S. reopens with no vaccine. Many states are now suffering a surge in COVID cases including California, Florida and Texas. We looked for hints of our future in San Antonio. America's seventh largest city. It's known as the Alamo City and it's preparing for a long siege.