Texas initial unemployment claims fall after 14 weeksTexas initial unemployment claims fall after 14 weekshttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=245052020-06-26T05:00:00Z2020-06-26T15:00:00Z

​​COLLEGE STATION – Initial unemployment claims in Texas decreased last week to almost 84,700 after increasing the week prior. 

From March 21 to June 20, nearly 2.6 million claims were filed in Texas, according to data from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). 

Continuing unemployment claims decreased the week of June 13 to 1.2 million.

"The decline in continuing claims indicate that hiring continues, but that could be hindered by the resurgence in COVID-19 cases in Texas," said Real Estate Center Research Economist Dr. Luis Torres.​

Using data from the DOL and the Employment and Training Administration, the Center estimates that from March 21 to May 13 nearly 562,400 seasonally adjusted claims were filed in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land. 

Houston has now surpassed Dallas-Fort Worth (561,800 claims) with the largest accumulated number of initial unemployment claims.

In San Antonio and Austin, an estimated 175,100 and 158,000 claims were filed during that time, respectively. 

Along the border, an estimated 62,500, 59,200, 27,600, and 17,500 claims were filed in McAllen, El Paso, Brownsville, and Laredo, respectively. ​

From March 21 to June 13, over 12,600 unemployment claims were filed in College Station-Bryan.

Administrative/support/waste management/remediation services, accommodation and food services, and retail trade represented the sectors with the biggest unemployment claims.

Almost 47.2 million Americans filed initial unemployment claims in the past 14 weeks. Those weekly claims numbers have continued to decline.

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