How to Extend Unemployment Benefits in Texas?

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 am 68 yrs old. Worked all my life except for the 4yrs I spent in Vietnam. and they tell me that the 20 weeks of unemployment benefits that are about to expire are all that I qualify for. sure makes it hard to understand why if every employer is delivering so much per employee to the unemployment fund what happened to the 40 yrs worth from 15 different employers. thats an awfull lot of dollars. I think there must be more hands in the pot then there should be.

  2. I was fired from my job and disqualifies from benefits. I then proceeded to find a job and got laid which then took my disqualification off. I received benefits for 13 and it has ended and I still have not been able to find work. Who can I contact for help? single father with 1 child, bills PAST DUE,foreclosure on home, and I had to file bankruptcy. Is there any one I can call to help me financially till I can find work?

    • Alex,

      I can understand your situation. Please call the Claims Center to inquire about extended benefits in your state. Otherwise, this is the end of the claims story.

      • Sam,
        Are there extended benefits in Texas? I have a job starting in one month however my federal benefits claim just ended. I am needing one month additionally to cover basic living expenses.
        Thank you,

        • Melissa,

          The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  3. My eligibility year ended but I have a couple of weeks left to claim my regular benefits. I’ve only received 19 weeks. My year started may 16, 2016, but I found work in July 2016, but was fired december 28, 2016. Aren’t we supposed to receive all regular benefits until they run out? I know I won’t get an extension. I’m just wondering will it be able to get my last two weeks of regular benefits.

  4. My benefit year expires on April 17 2017 and still have not found a job over a year. Can I reapply for unemployment in Texas

    • Unemployment Benefits are not revolving in nature. You will only be able to apply for and receive them for one full cycle.

  5. I was laid off late February 2016 and immediately acquired part time work. It is now January 2017 and I still have not exhausted my benefits. What happens to my remaining benefits when my “benefit year” ends? Can I still request payment since I still have a considerable amount of remaining benefits?

  6. I wanted to add th tect talking about benefit year. Benefits Remaining
    Benefits Remaining is the total amount of benefits you have left during your benefit year (your maximum possible benefits minus your benefits paid to date and any disqualification amount).
    Benefit Year
    Benefit Year is the yearlong period your Unemployment Benefits claim will be in effect.

    Once your benefit year is in effect, the beginning and ending dates of the benefit year may not be changed. Your benefit year remains in effect for the specified period even if your claim changes in some way.

    For example, if you receive all of your benefits before your benefit year ends, you may not receive additional benefits until your next benefit year begins. If you are disqualified from receiving benefits any time during your benefit year, you may not start a new benefit year until that benefit year ends.


  7. My benefits started Jun 3, 2016. I am in oil and gas submitting on average 25 applications a week and knocking down doors and no luck. I have expanded my horizons. I believe my benefits will run out early dec. I understand there are no federal extensions but I read that when a new benefit year i.e. Jan 1, 2017 that I can apply again. Is this correct?

    • Unemployment Insurance benefits are not revolving in nature. You will only be able to apply for one cycle as per the approval.

      Please call the Claims Center for further details in this regard.

  8. My 26 weeks just ended so no benefit money remains.
    Am I supposed to continue submitting a payment request every 2 weeks for the full 52 weeks even though no more money is in the account?
    Nothing stated anywhere tells me what to do when money runs out. Thanks

    • The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

      That should pretty much be the end of your benefits cycle.

  9. Is there any hope that the unemployment benefits will be extended anytime soon ?
    With the massive layoffs in our state due to oil and gas downturn, there’s a lot of folks out there that are really struggling.. myself included. Unfortunately I don’t even qualify for any other assistance either, because I worked Jan 2016-March 2016 which put me over min income requirements for all programs. Extended UI would help a lot right now.

    • Well, to be honest, the EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) has been lying untouched since the end of 2013 and I do not personally see a hope.

      You may contact the Unemployment Office in your state to inquire about state sponsored benefits.

  10. My Benefits were very short May-End of August. Last payment just requested and is well under $100. What can I do? Will they extend my benefits till I find employment or am I SOL?

    • The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  11. I was laid off 7/2015. Received Texas Unemployment benefits til expired 6 months later. I still have not found work and my year anniversary comes 7/2016. I have been advised by Workforce Commission if I still have no job by July, re-apply for benefits. They will not commit to if I will or not receive further benefit but they seem promising. Any ideas about likely hood of ongoing benefit via State?

  12. My 26 weeks of EUC will run out about June. f I haven’t found a job is their any extension or anything I can do?

    • The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

      E.B is state specific.

    • The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  13. I was recently medically discharged from the military service but haven’t found a job yet while I was transitioning to a new career field . Most of the employers want people with experience but I haven’t completed my degree yet. Can I continue to receive my unemployment benefits? I didn’t have to look for a job but I was looking for employment so I can get hands on training for my new career.

    • Please seek advice from the labor authorities in your state before pursuing studies.

      You can call the claims center on the phone numbers provided.

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