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COVID-19 Recession in Texas

As economic data lags, Texas reports 4.7% jobless rate for March

The figures predate the widespread business closures and layoffs that occurred in the wake of the pandemic. Analysts estimate the actual rate of jobless Texans is greater than 10%, which could be a record high.

Cars line up at LBJ Early College High School in Austin to receive food and hygiene products from the Central Texas Food Ban…

Coronavirus in Texas

As the coronavirus spreads across the state, The Texas Tribune is covering the most important health, economic and breaking developments that affect Texans, every day. Watch our Texas unemployment tracker, use our explainer on the coronavirus for essential information, and visit our map tracker for the number of cases, deaths and tests in Texas.

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“The basic lesson from the Humpty Dumpty story is when he falls off the wall, it’s not very easy to put him back together again. The same thing is true for labor markets.”

— Cullum Clark, George W. Bush Institute

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