Texas Workforce Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MEDIA CONTACT: Ann Hatchitt
DATE: June 8, 2009
PHONE: (512) 463-8556
Additional $25 Per Week
in Unemployment Benefits Tops $100 Million
Unemployed Texans 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 December 26, 2009.
“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. Claimants may also contact a UI Tele-Center
El Paso local:
Fort Worth local:
San Antonio local:
Others call toll free:
Reemployment services are available through Texas Workforce Centers at www.texasworkforce.org or by
accessing http://www.WorkInTexas.com for information.
The Texas Workforce Commission is a state agency dedicated to helping Texas employers, workers and communities prosper
economically. For details on TWC and the programs it offers in unison with its network of local wo