City of Austin COVID-19 Economic Recovery Programs 

The City of Austin published several COVID-19 economic recovery program dashboards. These dashboards display information such as the number of applications received for each program, profiles of applicants (minus personal information), and approval and denial rates. Email for more information about these dashboards and the grant programs. 


Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Funding 


City of Austin Economic Recovery Funding 


City of Austin Saves Austin’s Vital Economic Sectors (SAVES) Funding 


Federal and City of Austin Emergency Rental Assistance Funding  


Federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funding


Economic Indicators

Economic indicators help track how the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the local economy. The data focuses on employment, business health, housing, childcare, and social services. 

  • Unemployment rate - displays the number of Austin residents filing for unemployment benefits.   
  • Number and percentage of residents living below the poverty level (poverty rate) - This indicator helps inform an understanding of the current state of the community such as the quality of life of residents and health of the local economy, and also serves as a measure to understand the scale of need for local support and access to resources.   
  • Dollars-per-hour wage an individual must earn to support a family in Austin (self-sufficiency wage) - This indicator takes into consideration transportation, healthcare, food, housing, childcare, taxes, and miscellaneous costs by the size of the family. 
  • Number of people employed in the creative sector (defined by North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes) in the metropolitan statistical area. This information displays the count of people employed in 59 industries considered the creative ecosystem. 
  • Median earnings of metro-area creative sector occupations (as defined by Bureau of Labor Statistics Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Codes) - Median earnings display the middle wages of employees across the 59 creative sector industries. 
  • Number of persons placed out of poverty into middle-skill jobs - This number is the outcome of people who successfully completed workforce training and gained employment in careers with better wages and career opportunities. 
  • Liquid Asset Poverty Rates – These rates can be drilled down to the Austin area. This rate indicates the percent of people who do not have money to cover the basics for more than three months when faced with job loss.  
Businesses & Creatives
  • Number of small businesses per capita - This number calculates the number of small businesses – those with less than 250 employees – by the total population in Austin and indicates the entrepreneurial activity in the community. 
  • Percent of workforce employed by small businesses - This measure has to be calculated from the webpage by adding up the number of employees in firms with less than 250 employees and dividing it by the total number of employees in firms of all sizes. It demonstrates the critical support to the economy small businesses provide to the community. 
  • Number and percentage of commercial and mixed-use development permits that are issued in Imagine Austin Activity Centers and Corridors. This measure indicates the level of infrastructure occurring in Austin, which is deemed an opportunity in the Economic Recovery & Resiliency Framework.