Another 247,179 Texans filed for unemployment last week.

That brings the total number of new claims in the state to about 1.8 million in the past seven weeks, since Gov. Greg Abbott declared the coronavirus pandemic a statewide emergency. Nationwide, 3.2 million filed for unemployment last week.

The Department of Labor’s April jobs report, to be released Friday, will tell the story of widespread temporary job loss, forecasted Henry Guajardo, executive director of Workforce Solutions Golden Crescent.

He said the unemployment figures released in March’s report were just the tip of the iceberg; claims steadily rose throughout April.

In March, unemployment in Victoria County jumped to 5.1%, which was a significant increase over the month before

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