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Texas now has more jobs than it did before the pandemic hit

Job growth in the state, driven by population gains, has outpaced the rest of the country in recent months, according to recent federal data.

A server drops off food at a table at Perla's in South Austin on March 12, 2021. After Gov. Greg Abbott announced that all businesses are allowed to open without any occupancy limits and lifted restrictions on masks, Mayor Steve Adler said residents would still be required to wear masks.

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