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COVID-19 Recession in Texas

Texas had plans to replace its outdated unemployment system. The coronavirus pandemic hit first.

The Texas Workforce Commission had finally lined up enough federal money to move the system — built in the 1990s — to the cloud. But before that happened, nearly 2 million suddenly unemployed Texans overwhelmed the old system.

The Texas Workforce Commission Building in Austin on March 30, 2020.

Mainframe malfunctions

Disrupted plans for a new system

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