MIDLAND, Texas — Unemployment numbers continue to grow across the state, and West Texas has been one of the hardest hit areas, with 10,498 unemployment claims filed in the last month.
While still high, that’s still the lowest number of claims filed during the pandemic after the region saw over 16,000 claims in April.
In the last week, 146,800 claims were filed across the state – that’s the most claims filed since the second week of May, according to Texas Workforce Commission data.
The TWC names Midland and Ector counties as two of the top 25 most impacted regions in the state from COVID-19 jobless claims.
Between May 13 and June 23, 4,221 people in Ector County filed for unemployment insurance, while 3,496 people filed during the same period in Midland County.
The top five industries with claims in Ector County, include: support activities for oil and gas operations, industrial machinery merchant wholesalers, oil and gas pipeline construction, temporary help services and oil and gas field machinery and equipment.
Industries impacted in Midland County, include: support activities for oil and gas operations, crude petroleum extraction, full-service restaurants, industrial machinery merchant wholesalers and oil and gas pipeline construction.