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More than 50,000 El Paso jobs lost to COVID-19


More than 50,000 El Pasoans have filed new unemployment claims since mid-March as COVID-19 continues to ravage the economy, according to Workforce Solutions Borderplex.

About 357,000 El Pasoans were employed as of February, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics. The jobless claims since mid-March indicate that at least one of every seven El Paso jobs have fallen victim to the global pandemic.

Workforce Solutions Borderplex provides a guide to workers and business owners impacted by COVID-19. The agency also has postings for 3,900 available jobs in the El Paso area. Available jobs can be accessed by creating an account and profile at www.workintexas.com.

Robert Moore

Robert Moore is the founder and CEO of El Paso Matters. He has been a journalist in the Texas Borderlands since 1986. He spent most of his career at the El Paso Times, serving in a variety of leadership roles. His work has received a number of top journalism honors including Pulitzer Prize finalist, the Burl Osborne award for editorial leadership, the James Madison Award from the Texas Freedom of Information Foundation, the Jack Douglas Award from Texas Associated Press Managing Editors and the Frank W. Mayborn Award for Community Leadership from the Texas Press Association. In 2013, he was the recipient of the Benjamin C. Bradlee Editor of the Year Award from the National Press Association. As a freelance journalist, Moore’s work has appeared in the Washington Post, Texas Monthly, ProPublica, National Public Radio, The Guardian and other publications. He has been featured as an expert on the border by CNN, MSNBC, BBC, CBC and PBS.

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