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

Texas Tribune

March 26, 2021

Texas Tribune - 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.

Timothy Fitzgerald, an associate business economics professor at Texas Tech University, said industries like construction, manufacturing and hospitality have borne the brunt of the unemployment and uneven economic recovery. He's said he's optimistic that job growth in these industries will resume and economic growth in the state will continue in the coming months.

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