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Mour Cafe in Austin closed its dining operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Eddie Gaspar / The Texas Tribune

Workers who lost their jobs and received overpayments from the Texas Workforce Commission won’t have to pay back those unemployment benefits if it was the state’s mistake, commission officials now say.

Workers boarded up bars on West 6th Street in Austin after Gov. Greg Abbott ordered them closed for the second time in three months on June 26.
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As Texas experiences a surge of coronavirus infections, more than 117,244 people applied for unemployment claims last week, an increase of 21.4% compared to the week before. It was the second week in a row that the number of claims rose.

Workers boarded up bars on Sixth Street in Austin after Gov. Greg Abbott closed bars in Texas for the second time in three months because of the COVID-19 pandemic on June 26, 2020.
Jordan Vonderhaar for The Texas Tribune

More than 46,000 Texans who lost their jobs in recent months are having portions of their unemployment benefits clawed back after the Texas Workforce Commission found that they were initially overpaid.

Reversing Course, Texas Will Delay Work-Search Requirement For Unemployment Benefits

Jun 30, 2020
The Texas Workforce Commission Building in Austin on March 30, 2020.
Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / The Texas Tribune

The Texas Workforce Commission decided Tuesday to postpone reinstating a work-search requirement for out-of-work Texans receiving unemployment benefits.

Kerbey Lane Cafe's empty dining room during the coronavirus pandemic on March 30, 2020.
Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / The Texas Tribune

Texans receiving unemployment could be eligible for a total of 52 weeks of benefits — double the typical amount of time aid is available — as the state triggered an extended benefits period, according to the Texas Workforce Commission.

Mochas & Javas sits empty in San Marcos.
Eddie Gaspar/The Texas Tribune

Another 247,179 Texans filed for unemployment last week.

That brings the total number of new claims in the state to about 1.8 million in the past seven weeks, since Gov. Greg Abbott declared the coronavirus pandemic a statewide emergency. Nationwide, 3.2 million filed for unemployment last week.


The latest numbers show a staggering 30 million Americans filed for unemployment in recent weeks, with 2.1 million of them in Texas. For a big chunk of those people, in the middle of a pandemic, that means a scramble to find health care — and health insurance. 

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State Rep. Carl Sherman, a DeSoto Democrat, was leaving the house to take soup to his mother when a neighbor stopped him with a question.

Her friend was recently laid off from her job and needed to file for unemployment but couldn’t get through.

Updated at 8:38 a.m. ET

The telephone lines are still jammed at the nation's unemployment offices.

Another 3.8 million people filed claims for jobless benefits last week, according to the Labor Department. While that's down from the previous week's 4.4 million, a staggering 30.3 million have applied for unemployment in the six weeks since the coronavirus began taking a wrecking ball to the U.S. job market.

That's roughly one out of five people who had a job in February.

A cyclist wears a bandana over his face as he travels past a boarded up business in downtown Austin.
Eric Gay / Associated Press

Friday begins Texas’ reopening. Gov. Greg Abbott announced restaurants, retail stores, malls, museums, libraries, and movie theatres in counties with more than five COVID-19 cases can operate at 25% capacity starting that day. Rural areas with five or fewer cases can open to 50% capacity.

Christiana Nielson / KERA News

When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, Elizabeth Todd lost almost everything. Her home in the 17th Ward was overtaken by the Gulf and soon the city turned off all water. She wanted to stay and help, but she had to evacuate.

More Than 1 Million People In Texas Filed For Unemployment Relief In The Last Month

Apr 16, 2020
Stellar Coffee Company in downtown San Marcos temporarily closed its operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Eddie Gaspar/The Texas Tribune

For the first time since Gov. Greg Abbott declared the new coronavirus a public health disaster, the number of Texans who filed for unemployment relief last week declined from the previous week, but only slightly.

Texas Unemployment Rate Drops To Lowest Level Since Feds Began Tracking It

Jun 21, 2019
Tamir Kalifa / The Texas Tribune


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After high school, there a lot of different paths to choose from — college, vocational training, work, to name a few. A new report finds that millions of young adults who are looking for a job, can't find one.