AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The Texas Workforce Commission said $276 million in unemployment benefits went out on Monday to help Texans who find themselves out of work during the coronavirus pandemic.

So far, a record 1.4 million Texans have filed for unemployment this year.

Meantime, thousands more continue to try, but have been unable to get through to the Texas Workforce Commission.

This week, the state will be adding an eighth call center to help out.

The TWC says so far, it has added an extra 1,000 people to help take calls and process claims and the state is still hiring more emergency call takers.

Anyone interested can apply on the Texas Workforce Commission website.

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