More than 11,000 Northwest Austin residents filed for unemployment insurance in one month

New state data shows more than 4% of Northwest Austin residents filed for unemployment insurance from mid-March to mid-April. (Designed by Shelby Savage/Community Impact Newspaper)
New state data shows more than 4% of Northwest Austin residents filed for unemployment insurance from mid-March to mid-April. (Designed by Shelby Savage/Community Impact Newspaper)

New state data shows more than 4% of Northwest Austin residents filed for unemployment insurance from mid-March to mid-April. (Designed by Shelby Savage/Community Impact Newspaper)

More than 11,000 residents who live in seven ZIP codes across Northwest Austin filed for unemployment insurance between March 18-April 18, according to new data from the Texas Workforce Commission.

The commission in late April released an interactive mapping tool, which breaks down unemployment insurance claims at the ZIP code level.

According to that data, 11,359 unemployment claims came from Northwest Austin. Those claims account for 4.49% of the area’s population, according to TWC figures.

By comparison, 4.65% of Travis County’s population filed for unemployment insurance, according to commission data, and 4.06% of Williamson County residents filed for unemployment insurance.

Across Northwest Austin, more than three-quarters of all residents who applied for unemployment insurance were deemed eligible for monetary compensation, according to TWC. Of the 11,359 residents who filed unemployment claims, 8,717 were eligible to receive unemployment insurance.


Of the seven ZIP codes in Northwest Austin, 78729 had the highest percentage of its population—5.96%—apply for unemployment insurance. That calculates out to 59.63 unemployment insurance claims per 1,000 residents in the 78729 ZIP code. In contrast, the 78750 ZIP code saw less than 4% of its residents submit unemployment claims.

Here is the breakdown of unemployment insurance claims by ZIP code across Northwest Austin, along with population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.

  • 78726: 745 UI claimants, or a rate of 52.29 claims per 1,000 residents

  • 78727: 1,259 UI claimants, or a rate of 43.34 claims per 1,000 residents

  • 78729: 1,782 UI claimants, or a rate of 59.63 claims per 1,000 residents

  • 78750: 1,066 UI claimants, or a rate of 38.86 claims per 1,000 residents

  • 78753: 2,477 UI claimants, or a rate of 44.12 claims per 1,000 residents

  • 78758: 2,273 UI claimants, or a rate of 42.63 claims per 1,000 residents

  • 78759: 1,757 UI claimants, or a rate of 40.98 claims per 1,000 residents


To file for unemployment insurance with the Texas Workforce Commission, click here or call 800-939-6631. More than 484,000 job openings are posted through Texas Workforce Solutions. Click here to view those positions.

Note from the editor: This article has been updated to include the rate of unemployment insurance claims per 1,000 residents by ZIP code.

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