Information for COVID-19 Employers, Jobseekers and Child Care
Having trouble filing an unemployment claim online? Our Unemployment Benefit System online portal is available 24 hours a day but is experiencing a high volume of visitors. We are seeing lower volume on the online portal between 10:00p.m. and 8 a.m. You may want to try back during those hours to file your claim or check the status of your claim.

Overview

Extended Benefits (EB) pays additional temporary unemployment benefits to claimants during periods of high unemployment. The claimant must exhaust all regular benefits before receiving EB. The federal government pays 50% of extended benefits; the other 50% is funded the same way as regular benefits. Governmental employers must pay 100% of any extended benefits paid to their former employees.

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Current Status

The unemployment rate in Texas does not meet the requirements for TWC to pay extended benefits. TWC last paid EB for the week ending May 12, 2012.

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