Over 85 hundred people have filed for unemployment in Lubbock county since the coronavirus arrived earlier this spring. Brenda Reimer, a graduating senior at Texas Tech, was one of them.
She was working at Dillards in the South Plains Mall when the coronavirus reached the city. The department store was quick to begin layoffs. “the part-timers were the first that got laid off,” Reimer said, “So I was super stressed when it first happened.” Her managers sat their part-time staff down and encouraged them to apply for unemployment immediately.