Additional $25 per week in jobless benefits tops $100M

Unemployed Texas receive boost from stimulus dollars

AUSTIN—The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has distributed more than $100 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) unemployment funds since February 22, 2009, when ARRA provided a $25 increase to weekly unemployment benefits.

Eligible Texans began receiving the additional amount in unemployment benefits beginning mid-March. The increase is effective for all initial claims filed through Dec. 26.

"The $100 million for increased unemployment benefits supplied by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is being pumped back into the Texas economy," said TWC Chairman Tom Pauken.

The increase is federally funded, and Texas employers do not contribute the additional benefits. TWC administers unemployment benefits to workers who become unemployed through no fault of their own and are actively seeking work.

Claimants may receive unemployment benefit information online through texasworkforce. org or by using our e-mail form. A staff member will call you back within 48 hours.

Local office

Rockdale's Central Texas Workforce office is at 313 N. Main. Call 446-6440 for more information.

Claimants may also contact a UI Tele-Center listed below: • Austin, 512-340-4300 • Dallas, 214-252-1200 • El Paso, 915-832-6400 • Fort Worth, 817-420-1600 • Houston, 281-983-1100 • McAllen, 956-984-4700 • San Antonio, 210-258-6600 • Others call toll free, 800-939- 6631

Reemployment services are available through Texas Workforce Centers at www.texasw org or by accessing for information.

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