AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas unemployment application is still more than three months away from being submitted and as of Friday, more people have applied than the number of people who will be able to work in the state.
The deadline to apply for unemployment benefits was extended Friday morning to Sept. 29.
That’s an extension of a week-long deadline last week, when applications were still being accepted.
“It’s kind of been a slow pace.
There’s a lot of applicants,” said Jessica Cope, who applied for a job at a pet store.
She received her initial offer on Friday morning and said she’s still awaiting confirmation that her application will be approved.
“I’m hoping it’ll come sooner rather than later, but it’s definitely a lot,” she said.
The unemployment rate has been above 10 percent in Austin and surrounding counties since April.
The average monthly wage for Texas workers in March was $738.50.
The state has been experiencing a wave of job cuts and the unemployment rate jumped to 11.7 percent.
The Texas Legislature voted last week to extend the deadline for new applications, which will take effect at the end of this month.
The extension also allows the state to hire up to 300 more workers this year.
About 3.6 million people are currently unemployed, according to the latest Census Bureau figures.
The number of applications submitted for unemployment assistance in the Lone Star State reached 2.6 billion last month.
It’s still the highest unemployment rate in the nation.
The Austin-Travis County unemployment rate is the highest in Texas.