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Texas is the biggest GOP-led state to end federal unemployment benefits, cutting off an estimated 1.3 million from $8.8 billion in aid

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Texas is joining at least 19 other GOP-led states in ending its participation in federal unemployment benefits early.

On Monday, Gov. Greg Abbott told the Labor Department that the state was withdrawing from “further federal unemployment compensation related to the COVID-19 pandemic” effective June 26, which includes an additional $300 in weekly benefits.

“The Texas economy is booming and employers are hiring in communities throughout the state,” Abbott said in a statement. “According to the Texas Workforce Commission, the number of job openings in Texas is almost identical to the number of Texans who are details ⇒

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