Jobless Texans will have until March 3, 2012 to qualify for emergency unemployment benefits.  Without this extension assistance for 78,000 claimants would have run out in January.
Congress approved the extension last month, before claimants would have endured a gap in their benefits.  Each recipients should continue to request unemployment benefit payments on his scheduled day.
This legislation does not apply to persons whose benefits have already expired, to Emergency Unemployment Compensation, and to Extended Benefits. Current claimants may receive additional information on the legislation at or by calling (800) 558-8321 (select second option.)  Claimants need not call the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) to qualify for the extension unless notified by mail.
Emergency unemployment benefits are exclusively federally funded.  This means Texas employers are not charged for claims paid under this new legislation.
The TWC and 28 local workforce development boards provide unemployed jobless Texans with work search assistance, training and other services.  For thousands of job postings visit