AUSTIN, Texas — Today, Governor Greg Abbott has instructed the Texas Workforce Commission to apply for federal Lost Wage Assistance funds — which, if granted, will provide an additional $300 per week in benefits for qualified Texans who receive unemployment benefits.
On August 8, 2020, President Donald Trump issued and signed an executive order providing $300 a week in additional unemployment payments to claimants eligible for more than $100 of certain state unemployment benefits who are experiencing unemployment resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
"The Lost Wage Assistance program will provide crucial financial support to Texans who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic," read a statement from Governor Abbott on Thursday morning. "Texas is grateful to President Trump for making these funds available to individuals and asks that our federal partners quickly grant this request so that TWC can swiftly administer this funding to Texans."
According to the governor's office, claimants currently receiving unemployment through the Texas Workforce Commission should continue to request payments as normal.
"Claimants currently receiving unemployment through TWC should continue to request payments as normal,"stated a press release from the governor's office. "Eligible claimants should expect to receive the additional benefits on their first payment request on or after August 23, 2020. These funds will be backdated to the benefit week ending August 1, 2020."
For additional information and to apply for unemployment benefits, visit the Texas Workforce Commission's website, here.