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Federal Covid jobless benefits end for Texans this week

EL PASO, Texas -- Gov. Greg Abbott has opted Texans out of all additional federal unemployment aid as of the end of this week.

In May, Abbott announced that after June 26, Texas would opt out of extra federal assistance for unemployed Texans as a result of the pandemic. Abbott also cut off another initiative, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, which extended jobless aid to gig workers, self-employed people and others who aren’t traditionally covered by unemployment insurance.

Jobless Texans will lose access to all additional federal unemployment aid — including a $300-per-week supplemental benefit. Abbott’s office said the decision was made to focus on connecting unemployed Texans with jobs instead of paying them unemployment benefits.

“The number of job openings in Texas is almost identical to the number of Texans who are receiving unemployment benefits,” Abbott said at the time.

But El Paso County seems to be in better shape than the state as a whole.

"Compared to Texas which is at a 7.5% unemployment rate, El Paso County is doing a lot better at 6.4%. What we are starting to see is a slow downward trend - down to the original unemployment rate number of pre-pandemic, which were in the low threes," said Bianca Cervantes of Workforce Solutions Borderplex.

Still, some El Paso employers are hoping that the expiration of benefits will lead to more job applicants.

"Our biggest hope is after the benefits expire that people come in who need a job. We need the help at this point, because a lot of people that are coming in have never been employed and the training is more difficult," said Victor Aguilar, the general manager at The Great American Steak Burger restaurant.

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    1. Bidenfor president the white spokesperson for white military malingerers in town. Lol. Defective ear plugs? No ! PORK!!! We are inundated with white lazy fks taking advantage of the government.

      1. The same alberto that lives in Section 8 housing?
        The same alberto that has never had a career, even he is in his mid-60’s?
        The same alberto that got an “Other Than Honorable” discharge from the military?
        The same alberto that has drug arrests in El Paso?
        The same alberto that was banned from the Herald Post for his profanity-laced racist rants?
        How come you no longer use “High240Lonesome? Because it is your email address?

        And by the way, I receive 0% disability alberto, while you live off of my taxes.

        1. Did you see what alberto the traitor posted this morning?

          Going Foreword 123 says:
          June 22, 2021 at 7:30 AM
          Gang mentality of ‘NATO’ attacking lone wolf ‘Iran. But Lone-wolf ‘Iran’ continues to repel attacks, standing its ground, and holding his own. GO ‘IRAN’!

          If that traitor donated so much as one dollar towards Iran, He might be charged with “Material Support of a Terrorist Organization. I sent it to the proper guys.

  1. Bring momma Junes too! We’ll feed her cat white ass as well. Then we will complain about El Paso to deflect. Lol. The 100 yr hidden WHITE LAZY WELFARE. Mfers don’t even have a park in their one horse town shitholes. The real shitholes of America! Just go to Sweetwater, Tx. Low IQ Trumpers. Chaparral New Mexico. Lol. Puros weros hididos pendejos. Lol. Madmikes and his fitness people.

  2. I like how the local above whites point out El Paso stuff. Study their breed! Lol. Comical mfers. “Wiry uurrrr wuuuh sapose do to?” The famous dummy insurrectionist. As dumb as they come.

    1. The same alberto that lives in Section 8 housing?
      The same alberto that has never had a career, even he is in his mid-60’s?
      The same alberto that got an “Other Than Honorable” discharge from the military?
      The same alberto that has drug arrests in El Paso?
      The same alberto that was banned from the Herald Post for his profanity-laced racist rants?
      How come you no longer use “High240Lonesome? Because it is your email address?

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