The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) triggered state Extended Benefits (EB). This program provides federal reimbursement to the state for an additional 13 weeks of unemployment benefits. This extension will take effect on May 31, 2020 and the first week individuals may be eligible for EB is the week ending July 4, 2020.
State EB are triggered during different periods of high unemployment rates and are calculated by state. EB are available to individuals who exhausted regular benefits during periods of high unemployment. Texas’ unemployment rate is currently 12.8 percent, which exceeds the five percent threshold to trigger the extension. Determination of “on” and “off” indicators can be found here: TUCA 209.022.
Typically, individuals can receive up to 26 weeks of benefits. The CARES Act provides up to 13 weeks and provides an additional $600 per week to claimants until July 25, 2020, as well as allows new employment types to be eligible to receive benefits such as self-employed, contract/gig workers, and those that were previously ineligible.
Since the week of March 13, 2020, the state received 3 million initial claims and paid out $9.7 billion in benefits. For more information about unemployment benefits paid or to view an interactive map of claims, visit TWC’s UI by the Numbers page.
Visit http://www.ui.texasworkforce.org to apply for benefits. The state encourages individuals to keep their mailing and email addresses current in the unemployment benefits services system to prevent delays in communication. The state will automatically enroll eligible individuals in EB – no action is required. The individual should just continue to file timely if they are still unemployed.
Our office will monitor COVID-19 updates closely and will send out additional announcements as we become aware of any updates. You can also review these updates on our website at http://www.thomas-and-company.com/covid-19/ too.
Please reach out to your representative with any questions.