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Update at 7:48 a.m. — More than 2.4 million Texans have filed for unemployment since COVID-19 hit

Just over 128,100 Texans applied for unemployment benefits last week. That’s about 5,960 fewer claims than the week before.

Since mid-March, when the coronavirus pandemic starting hitting the Texas economy hard, just over 2,405,500 Texans have applied for first-time unemployment benefits.

Nationwide last week, 2.1 million people filed for unemployment, bringing the total for the past 10 weeks to 40.8 million, NPR reports.

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