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First-time unemployment insurance claims plummet in Texas



TX – Applications for unemployment insurance fell last week as more people got vaccinated and headed back to work.

Nationally, initial claims decreased by 13,000 to 553,000 in the week ended April 24, Labor Department data released Thursday show. Texas unemployment claims slashed nearly in half last week, falling by 19,848 to 26,668.

Texas had the biggest drop in claims this week followed by Wisconsin and Georgia.

This comes after promising March job numbers were released earlier this month. The state economy created nearly 100,000 jobs in March — the most since October. Restaurants, hotels and entertainment venues that had felt the impact of shutdowns, capacity limits, social distancing and fear saw significant gains.

In the Houston area, employers added more than 26,000 jobs, the most since June, the Texas Workforce Commission reported earlier this month.