Local business owners who have struggled to find employees may benefit from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision to opt the state out of federal unemployment benefits related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As for the workers who have been receiving those benefits, they’ll have to find work or another source of income.
Abbott announced Monday that he informed the U.S. Department of Labor that Texas would decline further federal unemployment assistance related to the pandemic, effective June 26. That includes a $300 weekly supplement from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program.
“The Texas economy is booming and employers are hiring in communities throughout the state,” Abbott said in a statement. “According to the Texas Workforce Commission, the number of job openings in Texas is almost identical to the number of Texans who are receiving unemployment benefits. That assessment does not include the voluminous jobs that typically are not listed, like construction and restaurant jobs. In fact, there are nearly 60 percent more jobs open (and listed) in Texas today than there was in February 2020, the month before the pandemic hit Texas.”
Katy Kyle, the owner of local staffing agency Express Employment Professionals, said last week that Texans’ ability to collect unemployment from the state and federal government has contributed to an…