October 15, 2020/Media, Press

BREAKING: Unemployment Claims are Surging Both Nationally and in Texas

We Need to Elect Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and Texas Democrats to Build Our Economy Back Better


AUSTIN, Texas — Last month, since August, requests for unemployment benefits increased both at the national level and here in Texas.

Nationally, claims jumped to 898,000, an increase of 53,000 from last week. Claims in Texas are also up by 1,097 from last week.

This all comes as the Texas Workforce Commission is set to start requiring unemployed Texans to submit job searches as part of receiving their benefits.

All of this is on the backdrop of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Texas back on the rise. There is no economic recovery without beating COVID-19.

Every single day, in every single way, Donald Trump and Greg Abbott have failed Texas. To end the coronavirus crisis and build our economy back better, we must elect Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and Texas Democrats up and down the ballot. 

Texas Democratic Party Communications Director Abhi Rahman issued the following statement:

“We are in an economic disaster. Donald Trump and Texas Republicans’, like Greg Abbott, mismanagement of the pandemic has caused thousands of small Texas mom and pop businesses to close for good. As a result, millions of Americans have lost their jobs and hundreds of thousands of Americans have died. In Texas alone, 3.5 million Texans have had to file for unemployment since March and millions more remain unemployed.”

“If that wasn’t bad enough, now Texas Republicans are instituting a job search requirement for Texans left without work for no fault of their own. This is dead wrong. These Texans have already lost everything and Texas Republicans want to kick them when they’re down.

“In every single way, every single day, Donald Trump, Greg Abbott, and every Texas Republican on the ballot has failed Texas. There is no economic recovery without beating back COVID-19. We need leaders who will end the coronavirus crisis and begin to build our economy back better. We need Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and the rest of the Texas Democratic ticket. Donald Trump and Texas Republicans have proven time and time again that they are simply not up to the task.”