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How to Extend Unemployment Benefits in Texas?

Updated : June 11th, 2019

If you have exhausted your unemployment benefits and still meet the eligibility conditions to receive compensation in Texas,  you will be able to receive extended unemployment benefits either by State or Federal Unemployment extension programs of Texas.

Unemployment Insurance (UI)

Texas Unemployment Benefit is the pay of fixed amount on monthly or weekly basis given to unemployed workers who meet certain employment criteria. Every UI claimant is expected to enroll themselves with the Texas Workforce Commission once they are laid off from their jobs. Every State of United States expects its UI claimants to continuously search and accept new jobs. This may include submitting regular work logs each time a benefit claim is filed and accepting any work that pays at least minimum wage and a gross weekly pay that exceeds the weekly claim amount received.

Extended UI Benefits

In case you have proved that you are continuously trying for the new jobs yet is still facing trouble in finding a suitable job while your sponsorship benefit period is ending, then you may be able to get an extension on your existing benefits.

The total amount paid to the eligible claimant will usually be equal to what they are entitled under the regular unemployment, but note that the collection time will be extended.

Eligibility Requirement for Extended Benefits

There are some eligibility requirements to be fulfilled in order to enjoy extended benefit period.

  • Base period wages must be equal or 40 times more of your weekly benefit amount. (If your regular claim pays 26 weeks of benefits, then you meet this qualification.)
  • You should have exhausted all your regular benefits on your most recent claim, or the claim year must be expired.
  • You must also not be eligible to receive unemployment benefits in any other state.

Types of Extended Benefit

Basically there are two types of extended unemployment benefits under Texas Workforce Commission. These programs make it possible for the long-term unemployed to continue receiving monthly assistance while searching for work.

  • Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC); and
  • Extended Benefits (EB).

Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC):

Emergency Unemployment Compensation offers an additional number of weeks. Texas currently pays EUC Tiers 1, 2, and 3.

For the Regular UI claim you will be able to get the benefit up to 26 weeks.

Tiers of Extended Unemployment Benefits

There are four tiers of unemployment benefits at present. A tier of unemployment is an extension of a definite amount of weeks of jobless benefits. Each tier offers extra weeks of unemployment in addition to basic state unemployment benefits.
Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Tiers through September 2012:

  1. Tier 1: 20 weeks or 80% of your regular claim, whichever is less
  2. Tier 2: 14 weeks or 54% of your regular claim, whichever is less
  3. Tier 3: 13 weeks or 50% of your regular claim, whichever is less

You must exhaust each level (Tier) of benefits before applying for an extension.

Tier 1: If you run out of regular benefits by the deadline, TWC mails you a EUC application that you complete and return to TWC. If you are eligible for EUC, TWC mails you a letter showing the amount you are eligible for on your EUC claim.

Tier 2 & 3: If you run out of your prior EUC tier by the deadline, TWC automatically adds the next tier to your claim.

Extended Benefit (EB)

Under Extended Benefits, the additional extension of benefits is offered once EUC is exhausted.

Unemployment Extended Benefits program for Texas provides up to 20 weeks of additional compensation after all federal unemployment extension payments have been received. Eligible workers can receive either 20 weeks of benefits or 80 percent of an initial unemployment claim, whichever amounts to less.

Along with the state unemployment extension, the federal government may add to the available benefits by enacting an extended benefits program of its own.

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  1. I work for a church pre school program and I have lost my job due to coronavirus. When I applied for unemployment in Texas it says that two does not except this employer as my last employer. I’ve been working there for 13 years. What do I do?

  2. Chad ….. how do I get thru when it wont accept my ID or my password. I change it 5 times and it still wont work. Calling is not working at any time when I spend and whole day calling back to back to get thru. why don’t they just help or force the employers ( company) to place they claims in for their workers like GM did……I NEED HELP…PLEASE.

    1. Chad,

      We understand this might be a difficult time for you. We’re anticipating a shortage of staff across unemployment offices due to the massive surge in UI applications considering the pandemic. We advise against calling or visiting the office, as you may not get a response instantly.

      Your state may have activated “Extended Benefits (EB)” authorized by the federal government. We recommend you apply for UI benefits online. For more information, please visit your state’s official Unemployment website.

  3. i live in ga…all the day cares have shut down my wife and i have full time jobs,,,but i have to leave my company which i have been there for over two years,to take care of our child….can i still collect unemployment…this covid virus is why i have to leave my job…

    1. Gary,

      We understand this might be a difficult time for you. We’re anticipating a shortage of staff across unemployment offices due to the massive surge in UI applications considering the pandemic. We advise against calling or visiting the office, as you may not get a response instantly.

      Your state may have activated “Extended Benefits (EB)” authorized by the federal government. We recommend you apply for UI benefits online. For more information, please visit your state’s official Unemployment website.

  4. are you kidding me my son lost his job on 10/17/2020 hes mentally challenged and cant file on his own because he doesn’t know how so I started going to sites trying to file for him and the residence inn Marriott promised to help him and have done zip . ive tried 10 different sites and I keep getting dropped wen I complete forms and push submit. 12 days now n still cant file a claim.

    1. Martin,

      There’s only one website you should be trying from. Please let us know your state and we’ll share the website information.

  5. I have submitted my forms EXACTLY as I was instructed too on line. Even though I have filled out the paperwork correctly I keep getting emails asking for me to fill out the form that I have done multiple times already. Remuneration – Claimant Questionnaire is the issue. I got online and requested a phone call. 3 days ago. I just need to know that you guys received everything and I don’t owe any more information.
    Nobody answers the 617-626-6800 number. Just get directed to the internet. Well, you can’t speak with the internet. I am getting mixed messages and I fret that this will delay any benefits.
    Could someone please give me a call.

    1. James,

      Please try finding answers online since there might be limited phone support due to the shortage of staffing. This is a private forum and we’ll not be able to arrange a callback.

  6. I work for a church that has grown it’s congregation over almost 40 years and we now have 26 mostly full time employees, most being here many years. Will our employees be able to file and receive benefits since we are an EXEMPT from paying unemployment industry? State of Florida

  7. My unemployment benefits ran out 3/1/2020 am I able to file for extended benefits ? I live in California and am 62 years old.

    1. Ariana,

      We understand this might be a difficult time for you. We’re anticipating a shortage of staff across unemployment offices due to the massive surge in UI applications considering the pandemic. We advise against calling or visiting the office, as you may not get a response instantly.

      Your state may have activated “Extended Benefits (EB)” authorized by the federal government. We recommend you apply for UI benefits online. For more information, please visit your state’s official Unemployment website.

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