Dennis Jansen and Andrew Rettenmaier Share Pandemic's Effects on Brazos County in The Eagle

May 14, 2020
Summary: Dennis Jansen, director, and Andrew Rettenmaier, executive associate director, were interviewed for a story on the current pandemic’s effects on Brazos County that ran on Thursday, May 14, 2020 in The Eagle newspaper.
Texas began a phased reopening on May 1 of certain industries, such as restaurants, and limited capacity restrictions, with more set to open on Friday, May 15, 2020.
As for recovery, “We’re on the path, but it’s going to be a slow path, especially for certain industries and certain firms,” said Jansen, “There will be sectors that return quickly for various reasons, and others that will undergo a lengthy process.”
The article also references a blog post by Jansen, Rettenmaier, and PERC Senior Research Associate Carlos Navarro on how unemployment rates vary among men and women.
Women have filed 52.34% of the unemployment claims in the Bryan-College Station area through May 2, and 51.64% of the claims statewide.
“[Rettenmaier] said that in previous downturns and recessions, the unemployment rate for men has almost always been higher than for women. In October 2009, for example, the unemployment rate for men in the U.S. peaked at 11.1%, and at 9.0% for women.”
As more business reopen, more Texas residents are venturing outside of their homes. Last week, traffic in Texas was just 10% to 20% lower than the same days in 2019.
“The thing we keep seeing is that we don’t know if we are going to have to make any adjustments along the way. I think that’s what’s been very obvious in this — we’re adjusting to new conditions and new sets of information,” Rettenmaier said.
To read the full article from The Eagle, click here.
Click here to read the blog post, “This Time Is Different: Women's Unemployment Rate Tops Men's.”