The difference between initial jobless claims and overall continuing claims is an important one.
The executive director of the Texas Workforce Commission said they're making some allowances so people who choose not to go back to work keep receiving benefits.
Workers lost $80 billion in pay in April due to the pandemic, but only got $48 billion in unemployment benefits, according to the Hamilton Project.
They're eligible for assistance due to the pandemic, but a snag in the system may keep them from getting it.
Since the crisis started, more than 33 million people have filed for unemployment.
That's the equivalent of one in five Americans who had been employed in February.
It's by far the worst string of layoffs on record.
Those dollars stretch farther in some states than others.
Independent contractors, freelancers, sole proprietors and others look to federal and state programs for help.