As nonessential businesses endure social distancing protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic, employees continue to be let go and are forced to file for unemployment.
Over the past four weeks, more people in Texas filed for unemployment than all of 2019 combined. People are experiencing symptoms of the global pandemic even without contracting COVID-19.
After tentatively being furloughed, Aaron Peters, video editor and producer, filed for unemployment the first week of April, along with close to 2500 others in Lubbock. Last year during the same week, only 76 people applied.