150K Texans File For Unemployment In Past Week

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FORT WORTH (CBS DFW) More than 150,000 Texans have filed for unemployment in the past week, according to the Texas Workforce Commission.

Texans who are out of work can file for unemployment benefits online at any time or by calling the Texas Workforce Commission at 1-800-939-6631.

The influx of requests has prompted the state agency to make changes.

“We’ve increased server capacity, the size of our servers, we’ve also increased the number of servers we have available to serve more people online,” said Ed Serna, the executive director of the Texas Workforce Commission.

The agency is also expanding its system so more staffers can take calls from home, adding to the 700 employees already working at call centers.

Other changes include eliminating the work-search requirement and suspending the week waiting period before receiving benefits.

Serna said there is enough funding available to process all benefits, but remained open to the possibility that could change.

“There’s enough funding now and if necessary, we will seek additional funding from the federal government to make sure that everyone that needs benefits, gets benefits,” Serna said.