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New bill gives unemployed Texans 13 more weeks of benefits

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The Texas Workforce Commission recently announced that federally funded unemployment insurance (UI) benefits will be extended for 13 weeks.

On June 30, President Bush signed legislation authorizing Emergency Extended Unemployment Compensation, which provides up to 13 additional weeks of UI benefits for unemployed Texans.

Since the benefits will be entirely federally funded, employers will not be charged for the extension.

Former employees are eligible for the extension if they filed a claim for regular UI benefits on or after May 7, 2006, exhausted their benefits, but are still unemployed. Claimants who were eligible for benefits when Bush signed the bill started receiving benefits the week of July 6.

Approximately 200,000 unemployed Texans may be eligible for the extended benefits.

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