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Understand: Breaking down state unemployment figures

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INFORMATION ABOUT THE EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM RIGHT RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM RIGHT NOW ON OUR WEBSITE NOW ON OUR WEBSITE

UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS ACROSS THE UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN STATE ARE REACHING COUNTRY IN STATE ARE REACHING STAGGERING LEVELS THE STAGGERING LEVELS THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC HAS CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC HAS CRIPPLED OUR WORKFORCE RJ CRIPPLED OUR WORKFORCE RJ MARQUEZ DETAILS THE LATEST MARQUEZ DETAILS THE LATEST FIGURES AND TELLS US WHAT HELP FIGURES AND TELLS US WHAT HELP GOVERNOR GREG ABBOTT SAYS IS GOVERNOR GREG ABBOTT SAYS IS OUT THERE >> THE AMOUNT OF TAXES THAT >> THE AMOUNT OF TAXES THAT HAVE APPLIED FOR UNEMPLOYMENT HAVE APPLIED FOR UNEMPLOYMENT RELIEF HAS SKYROCKETED RELIEF HAS SKYROCKETED THE TEXAS TRIBUNE REPORTS THERE THE TEXAS TRIBUNE REPORTS THERE HAS BEEN A MORE THAN 1600% HAS BEEN A MORE THAN 1600% INCREASE IN APPLICATIONS INCREASE IN APPLICATIONS

>> OVER THE PAST 2 WEEKS IN THE >> OVER THE PAST 2 WEEKS IN THE OVERALL NUMBERS ARE GRANT OVERALL NUMBERS ARE GRANT LAST WEEK 275,597 TEXANS LAST WEEK 275,597 TEXANS APPLIED FOR UNEMPLOYMENT APPLIED FOR UNEMPLOYMENT >> COMPARE THAT TO JUST OVER >> COMPARE THAT TO JUST OVER 16,000 WHO FILED IN THE WEEK 16,000 WHO FILED IN THE WEEK ENDING MARCH 14TH OF ENDING MARCH 14TH OF THIS YEAR MARCH 21ST WAS THE THIS YEAR MARCH 21ST WAS THE FIRST WEEK WHERE THERE WAS A FIRST WEEK WHERE THERE WAS A SPIKE IN NUMBERS MORE THAN A SPIKE IN NUMBERS MORE THAN A 155,000 TEXANS WHO ARE OUT 155,000 TEXANS WHO ARE OUT OF WORK APPLIED FOR OF WORK APPLIED FOR UNEMPLOYMENT AND SEVERAL PEOPLE UNEMPLOYMENT AND SEVERAL PEOPLE SAY IT’S BEEN DIFFICULT TO GET SAY IT’S BEEN DIFFICULT TO GET THROUGH TO THE TEXAS WORKFORCE THROUGH TO THE TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION THE COMMISSION HAS COMMISSION THE COMMISSION HAS BEEN OVERWHELMED WITH BEEN OVERWHELMED WITH APPLICATIONS AND CALLS GOVERNOR APPLICATIONS AND CALLS GOVERNOR GREG ABBOTT ADDRESS SOME OF GREG ABBOTT ADDRESS SOME OF THOSE ISSUES ARE KSAT THOSE ISSUES ARE KSAT 12 THURSDAY AFTERNOON

HE 12 THURSDAY AFTERNOON HE ACKNOWLEDGED THAT HAS BEEN A ACKNOWLEDGED THAT HAS BEEN A CHALLENGE THERE HAS NEVER CHALLENGE THERE HAS NEVER BEFORE BEFORE >> BEEN THIS MANY PEOPLE >> BEEN THIS MANY PEOPLE APPLYING FOR UNEMPLOYMENT APPLYING FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS SO WHAT WE BENEFITS SO WHAT WE HAVE DONE WE HIRED SEVERAL 100 HAVE DONE

WE HIRED SEVERAL 100 ADDITIONAL NEW STAFF TO HELP ADDITIONAL NEW STAFF TO HELP RESPOND AND THEN WE MOVE STAFF RESPOND AND THEN WE MOVE STAFF FROM OTHER AGENCIES TO FROM OTHER AGENCIES TO HELP RESPOND AND SO WE ARE HELP RESPOND AND SO WE ARE ACCELERATING OUR TIMETABLE ACCELERATING OUR TIMETABLE BEFORE THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC BEFORE THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC SWEPT THE STATE, SOME SWEPT THE STATE, SOME OF TEXAS’S WORST WEEKS FOR OF TEXAS’S WORST WEEKS FOR UNEMPLOYMENT WAS AT THE HEIGHT UNEMPLOYMENT WAS AT THE HEIGHT OF THE GREAT RECESSION OF THE GREAT RECESSION WE SAW OVER WE SAW OVER 49,000 TEXANS FILED IN THE 49,000 TEXANS FILED IN THE AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE HARVEY AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE HARVEY WITH 63,700 FILE

WITH 63,700 FILE >> THAT PALES IN COMPARISON TO >> THAT PALES IN COMPARISON TO WHAT WE’RE SEEING NOW WHAT WE’RE SEEING NOW BUT ABBOTT URGES TEXANS TO BUT ABBOTT URGES TEXANS TO CONTINUE TO CALL THE WORKFORCE CONTINUE TO CALL THE WORKFORCE COMMISSION AND WANT TO ASSURE COMMISSION AND WANT TO ASSURE THEM THEY WILL THEM THEY WILL GET HELP GET HELP >> YOU’RE NOT GOING TO BE >> YOU’RE NOT GOING TO BE DENIED UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS DENIED UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS SIMPLY BECAUSE YOU HAVE NOT YET SIMPLY BECAUSE YOU HAVE NOT YET BEEN ABLE TO MAKE AN BEEN ABLE TO MAKE AN APPLICATION BUT EVEN APPLICATION BUT EVEN BETTER NEWS, THERE IS OF THE BETTER NEWS, THERE IS OF THE THE UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS THAT THE UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS THAT YOU WILL BE RECEIVING WILL YOU WILL BE RECEIVING WILL BE MORE THEN WHAT YOU WOULD BE MORE THEN WHAT YOU WOULD HAVE OTHERWISE HAVE OTHERWISE RECEIVED BECAUSE OF THIS RECEIVED BECAUSE OF THIS ADDITIONAL MONEY HAS BEEN ADDITIONAL MONEY HAS BEEN APPROPRIATED BY THE UNITED APPROPRIATED BY THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS THAT WILL STATES CONGRESS THAT WILL EXPAND UNEMPLOYMENT EXPAND UNEMPLOYMENT UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS IN TEXAS, UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS IN TEXAS, THE SITUATION IS JUST AS BACK THE SITUATION IS JUST AS BACK AROUND THE COUNTRY AROUND THE COUNTRY

THE LABOR RELEASED NEW NUMBERS THE LABOR RELEASED NEW NUMBERS THAT SHOW UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS THAT SHOW UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS SURGED TO 66 MILLION

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