Texas has reopened to full capacity, but the state still looks like it had slipped back to last summer when it was still partially shut down.

Despite months of lower numbers, for the third straight week, the number of Texans filing initial unemployment claims has surged to levels that the state has not experienced since the Summer of 2020.

A total of 83,913 new initial jobless claims were reported this last week.

When the pandemic hit us in the state of Texas, I was working as a contractor with Delta Airlines.

I remember flight decline dramatically to a few flights a day which cut my hours.

One of my co-workers told me I could file for unemployment because we being underpaid from my normal 40 to 46 hours a week.

I applied for unemployment, and I was eligible for the $600 unemployment benefit, which helps out in my household.

The silver lining to everything that happened I was working a lot of hours that I was able to spend time with our newborn son.

I feel like with Texas opening up that job opportunities are more likely because businesses need people.

Talk to a friend last night; she stated she needs to check when she is going back into the office.

I know a lot of people are going to miss the luxury of working from home.

Some are excited because they will get that interaction from their colleagues that they probably cannot get via zoom.

with companies like Tesla coming to Texas, the unemployment rate might go down