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'It's so frustrating': New grads can't even get foot in the door for work

August 13, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Beyond the post-grad frustrations, there have been six years of jobless claims made in just six months in Texas, an official said.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- The latest unemployment numbers have been issued and there is some good news. The Labor Department said first time applications fell to 963,000, which is down from 1. 2 million the previous week. Unemployment Insurance Weekly ClaimsInitial claims were 963,000 for the week ending 8/8 (-228,000). Insured unemployment was 15,486,000 for the week ending 8/1 (-604,000). https://t. co/ys7Eg5LKAW— US Labor Department (@USDOL) August 13, 2020The decline suggests layoffs are slowing down, although finding a job continues to be a struggle for millions of Americans. READ ALSO: College students face tough calls ahead of fall semesterEyewitness News spoke with Gracie Phelps, a recent graduate of the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, who studied communications. Meet Gracie Phelps.

pic. twitter. com/KEvu4Acas4— Erica Simon (@EricaOnABC13) August 13, 2020She said she's been sending out applications since the start of the year and even made it to the final round of interviews with several public relations companies only to be told they were either on a hiring freeze or someone at the company tested positive for COVID-19, causing their hiring process to be placed on hold. "It's frustrating," she said.

Here's how you can get a free laptopPhelps, who happens to be a triplet, said her siblings are also having a hard time landing a job. Many of her graduating classmates have opted for plan B. INTERACTIVE: WHAT LEARNING COULD BE LIKE DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC"Some of my friends that I graduated with are filing for unemployment or are doing a part-time food industry thing without even trying," explained Phelps.

It's a lot of claims. "The agency said applying online is still the best way to get started at ui. texasworkforce. org. People can apply online anytime of the day at any hour, seven days a week. If you don't have access to the internet, you can call 1-800-939-6631, seven days a week from 7 a. m. to 7 p. m. Under the federal CARES Act, contractors and those who are self-employed can also apply for unemployment benefits. RELATED STORIES:UT-Austin now leads US colleges in highest number of COVID-19 casesRice University to add 'outdoor learning' to its social distancing plansFollow Erica Simon on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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