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COVID-19 Recession in Texas

Experts hopeful about state’s economic recovery, but jobless Texans still face problems filing for benefits

Some businesses are already seeing customers return. But the numbers of people seeking unemployment aid surged in recent weeks to levels not seen since July. Many of them still face problems getting through to the Texas Workforce Commission.

A sign asks customers to follow COVID safety precautions at the Green Light Social bar in Downtown Austin on March 12, 2021.

A relief package and the winter storm 

Unemployment FAQs

  • Do I qualify for unemployment benefits?

  • What if I can’t get through to the Texas Workforce Commission?

  • How does the latest coronavirus relief package affect benefits?

  • What is a work search requirement?

  • What if my unemployment claim is denied?

Difficulties filing for unemployment persist

Signs of hope 

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