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The Texas Workforce Commission Monday, Dec. 14, extended payment deadlines for the first, second and third quarters of 2020, to March 1, 2021, to match the fourth quarter 2020 bills for designated reimbursing employers that are required to pay a share of unemployment benefits.

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The Texas Workforce Commission approved a new Information Technology Registered Apprenticeship program. The decision, taken during National Apprenticeship Week, will expand opportunities for employers to develop registered apprenticeship programs that help employees learn crucial career skills on the job.

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The Texas unemployment rate rose to 8.3% in September, after dipping from the high of 13.5% in April 2020 when the peak of COVID-19 impacts occurred. The increase was due to the civilian labor force shrinking as the number of individuals actively looking for work contracted, while the unemployed rose.

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Texas saw a decrease in the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate to 8% percent in July. This is the third consecutive monthly decrease and the lowest rate since March 2020 when the Texas economy was initially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Texas is below the national seasonally adjusted rate of 10.2%.

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Better Business Bureau serving Central East Texas is hosting the next Lunch.Learn.Lead, “Clarity for Employers During Uncertain Times,” via webinar from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, June 8. The webinar will aim to provide clarity to employers in this unprecedented and uncertain time.