Texas County-By-County Breakdown Shows the Harm of Not Extending Unemployment Insurance

If Congress fails to extend the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program more than 64,200 people in Texas will lose their insurance coverage immediately on Dec. 28, according to the Texas Workforce Commission. An additional 106,900 people in Texas will lose their coverage in the first six months of 2014 if Republicans continue to block an extension of the program, according to Department of Labor estimates.

Federal unemployment insurance took effect in 2008 and has been reauthorized several times since as Americans continue to recover from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. Despite the real progress the economy has made since its near collapse in 2008, there are still 1.3 million fewer jobs than there were before the recession began and long-term unemployment as a percentage of the unemployed is 37 percent, near historic highs.

Failure to extend federal unemployment insurance would also hurt job growth throughout the nation, costing the economy 240,000 jobs, according to the White House Council of Economic Advisers. The CEA estimates that in Texas alone, failing to extend the program will cost 11,766 jobs.

County

Number of People Losing Unemployment Insurance Dec. 28

Anderson

83

Andrews

17

Angelina

166

Aransas

35

Archer

10

Atascosa

76

Austin

67

Bailey

17

Bandera

29

Bastrop

162

Baylor

3

Bee

48

Bell

1,097

Bexar

3,384

Blanco

13

Bosque

33

Bowie

268

Brazoria

843

Brazos

202

Brewster

14

Briscoe

3

Brooks

25

Brown

62

Burleson

40

Burnet

63

Caldwell

71

Calhoun

52

Callahan

15

Cameron

1,547

Camp

45

Carson

3

Cass

93

Castro

15

Chambers

96

Cherokee

131

Childress

3

Clay

11

Cochran

8

Coke

2

Coleman

16

Collin

1,953

Collingsworth

2

Colorado

40

Comal

279

Comanche

20

Cooke

67

Coryell

213

Cottle

4

Crane

3

Crockett

5

Crosby

6

Culberson

3

Dallam

2

Dallas

7,968

Dawson

15

Deaf Smith

12

Delta

18

Denton

1,504

DeWitt

22

Dickens

7

Dimmit

25

Donley

4

Duval

22

Eastland

28

Ector

134

Edwards

1

Ellis

371

El Paso

2,573

Erath

42

Falls

46

Fannin

104

Fayette

20

Fisher

6

Floyd

55

Foard

1

Fort Bend

1,352

Franklin

17

Freestone

39

Frio

24

Gaines

6

Galveston

1,026

Garza

6

Gillespie

21

Goliad

9

Gonzales

23

Gray

18

Grayson

292

Gregg

294

Grimes

65

Guadalupe

239

Hale

647

Hall

6

Hamilton

17

Hansford

2

Hardeman

6

Hardin

164

Harris

11,294

Harrison

196

Hartley

1

Haskell

4

Hays

274

Henderson

200

Hildalgo

2,784

Hill

87

Hockley

35

Hood

85

Hopkins

65

Houston

46

Howard

27

Hudspeth

2

Hunt

230

Hutchinson

29

Jack

7

Jackson

22

Jasper

140

Jefferson

1,154

Jim Hogg

24

Jim Wells

91

Johnson

350

Jones

27

Karnes

13

Kaufman

296

Kendall

38

Kent

1

Kerr

53

Kimble

4

Kinney

3

Kleberg

70

Knox

2

Lamar

134

Lamb

41

Lampasas

57

La Salle

6

Lavaca

19

Lee

32

Leon

28

Liberty

202

Limestone

58

Lipscomb

1

Live Oak

10

Llano

37

Lubbock

343

Lynn

7

McCulloch

22

McLennan

499

McMullen

4

Madison

15

Marion

29

Martin

5

Mason

5

Matagorda

154

Maverick

228

Medina

67

Menard

2

Midland

89

Milam

44

Mills

6

Mitchell

6

Montague

24

Montgomery

886

Moore

18

Morris

63

Motley

1

Nacogdoches

121

Navarro

115

Newton

45

Nolan

18

Nueces

776

Ochiltree

3

Oldham

1

Orange

325

Palo Pinto

80

Panola

68

Parker

195

Parmer

6

Pecos

17

Polk

82

Potter

177

Presidio

47

Rains

24

Randall

139

Reagan

1

Real

1

Red River

43

Reeves

23

Refugio

10

Robertson

31

Rockwall

174

Runnels

15

Rusk

118

Sabine

29

San Augustine

27

San Jacinto

58

San Patricio

164

San Saba

9

Scurry

13

Shackelford

3

Shelby

81

Sherman

1

Smith

606

Somervell

16

Starr

335

Stephens

12

Sterling

1

Stonewall

1

Sutton

5

Swisher

51

Tarrant

5,311

Taylor

189

Terrell

3

Terry

24

Throckmorton

1

Titus

85

Tom Green

135

Travis

2,053

Trinity

23

Tyler

60

Upshur

83

Upton

7

Uvalde

54

Val Verde

110

Van Zandt

114

Victoria

146

Walker

81

Waller

73

Ward

10

Washington

42

Webb

384

Wharton

116

Wheeler

4

Wichita

186

Wilbarger

18

Willacy

130

Williamson

864

Wilson

66

Winkler

4

Wise

121

Wood

88

Yoakum

6

Young

15

Zapata

40

Zavala

69

Total All Counties

64,294