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Unemployed Texans Will Stop Getting Additional $300-Per-Week Benefit Next Month After Gov. Greg Abbott Opts Out Of Federal Program

The unemployment rate in Texas was 6.9% in March, which is more than double the record low of 3.4% in May 2019. The extra $300 federal benefit will end June 26 for jobless Texans.

Gov. Greg Abbott prepares to deliver his State of the State speech at Visionary Fiber Technologies outside of Lockhart on Feb. 1. On Monday, Abbott announced Texas will opt-out of federal unemployment benefits, included an extra $300 per week that jobless Texans have been receiving.

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