According to the most recent unofficial statistics by the Texas Workforce Commission, more than 9,500 Denton County residents filed for unemployment benefits in the week ending March 28. More than 5,600 filed the week before that.
The two weeks before those, about 600 Denton County residents filed each week, numbers that are similar to the same weeks last year.
The unemployment numbers are expected to get worse before they get better.
The Texas Workforce Commission has added two call centers and 1,000 workers to handle an astronomical increase in unemployment claims. https://t.co/38WoAk4xF6
— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) April 13, 2020