The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has announced that because the state’s improving unemployment rate has fallen below the federal law standard for eligibility for a High Unemployment Period (HUP), TWC will begin paying extended benefits at a new maximum rate of 13 weeks beginning April 8, 2012.
This change is the result of Texas’ total unemployment rate decreasing to a three-month average below 8 percent, the federal law standard for HUP eligibility. TWC previously provided 20 weeks of extended benefits. After April 8, 2012, individuals who have already received at least 13 weeks of EB will not qualify to receive the remaining balance. Letters will be sent to approximately 35,000 claimants affected by the April 8, 2012 deadline.
Additionally, due to the state’s lower unemployment rate, on March 10, 2012, Texas no longer qualified for Tier IV of Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC), which paid up to six-weeks of UI benefits in states with a three-month average unemployment rate of 8.5 percent or higher. The total maximum weeks of UI benefits now available to an individual in Texas is 86 weeks, down from the previously available 99 weeks.
Individuals who qualified to receive EUC Tier IV benefits before March 10 will continue to receive the remainder of their benefits.
However, TWC can no longer add new EUC Tier IV benefits to existing EUC claims after March 10, 2012. TWC will still pay EUC benefits at the Tier I-III levels through December 29, 2012.
For more information and to update contact information, claimants may visit TWC online at or contact a UI Tele-Center toll free at 800-939-6631. Reemployment services are available through local Workforce Solutions Offices statewide, or job seekers may visit to register and search for job postings.