Texas has about 10.3 million unemployed Texans, according to the latest data from the US Department of Labor, but the state has struggled to fill that gap in recent years.
“Texas has a growing unemployment rate and has not had any recent economic expansion,” wrote the state’s Department of Employment Security in a statement released on Monday.
“While the unemployment rate in Texas has increased in recent months, the number of unemployed Texans is growing in spite of the downturn in the economy.
We need to expand the unemployment benefits program and ensure that all Texans are receiving the necessary support.
The unemployment benefit program is the primary vehicle for providing unemployment benefits to those who need it.”
The federal government has given Texas $15 billion in unemployment benefits over the past decade, but its unemployment rate has continued to climb.
According to data from federal officials, the unemployment insurance program currently covers 8.9 percent of Texans, which is higher than the current unemployment rate of 7.3 percent.
Texas’ unemployment rate rose to 8.3% in February, up from 8.1% in January.
According a report from the Congressional Budget Office, the increase is the largest since December 2013, and the biggest since August 2013.
“There are a number of factors that contribute to the growing unemployment in Texas,” the statement continued.
“These include: (1) the ongoing economic recession, (2) a growing labor force that includes part-time and seasonal workers, and (3) the continued economic downturn.
In addition, there is no clear policy response that can offset the effects of the current economic downturn and the lack of job growth.”
Texas’ population is now about 11.5 million people, up 1.2 million from January 2016, according the latest census figures.
That’s a higher population than California’s population of 12.1 million, but lower than the population of 13.7 million in Texas, which has about 6 million residents.