Unemployment Benefits Extension Letters Going Out

Starting tomorrow, the Texas Workforce Commission will send out letters informing thousands of unemployed Texans that they'll soon be getting some extra money.

Last week, the commission announced a nine week extension of emergency compensation for about 32,000 unemployed Texans.

So, why is the benefits extension being granted?

Officials say it's because the state's average jobless rate reached an estimated 7% or higher over the past three months.

"The max in the State of Texas is about $450 give or take and certainly a lot of people who've had a significantly higher paying jobs will find it difficult to make ends meet but it's part of the process of trying to inspire someone to go out and find work again as quick as they can," says Bill Scantlin with Workforce Solution North Texas.

State officials say if you currently receive unemployment benefits you do not have to contact the workforce solutions office because the additional nine weeks of benefits will be automatically added to your account.

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