State granted more federal unemployment funds

Cindy Jerman (center) and James Powell (back) assist job-seekers with computer searches. Reporter file/Marie Bakken Cindy Jerman (center) and James Powell (back) assist job-seekers with computer searches. Reporter file/Marie Bakken AUSTIN - The U.S. Department of Labor has authorized the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) to begin processing unemployment benefit claims for the newly enacted 14-week extension of Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Act benefits.

Claimants do not need to contact TWC unless they receive a letter with instructions to do so.

This 14-week extension of benefits is part of EUC, which expires on Dec. 31, unless Congress renews the EUC Act. Therefore, claimants who exhaust regular unemployment insurance (UI) or the previous federal extensions after Dec. 26 will not be able to apply for this new federal extension. TWC estimates that approximately 27,500 claimants will exhaust their benefits the week ending Jan. 2, 2010.

TWC is working with Congress as it considers changing the expiration date of the EUC Act beyond the end of 2009. Because the additional benefits are federally funded, employers will not be charged for claims paid through this extension.

Claimants who currently receive unemployment benefits should continue to request payment as scheduled. Claimants should keep their addresses current by updating them online at or by contacting a UI Tele-Center toll-free at 1-800-939-6631.

Workforce Center

TWC and the 28 local workforce development boards remain committed to providing work search assistance, training and other services to unemployed Texans. Thousands of job postings are available on WorkInTexas. com, TWC's online, job-matching Web site.

The Texas Workforce Commission is a state agency dedicated to helping Texas employers, workers and communities prosper economically. In Rockdale, call 512-446-6440 or visit Reporter file/Marie Bakken

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