Governor Abbott Directs TWC To Apply For Federal Lost Wage Assistance Funds, Extra Unemployment Benefits

If granted, this funding will provide an additional $300 per week in benefits for qualifying Texans receiving unemployment benefits.

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has applied for additional unemployment benefit funding made available through President Trump’s Lost Wage Assistance Executive Order.

If granted, this funding will provide an additional $300 per week in benefits for qualifying Texans receiving unemployment benefits.

“The Lost Wage Assistance program will provide crucial financial support to Texans who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Governor Abbott. “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.”

Signed on August 8, 2020, this Executive Order provides $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.

Claimants currently receiving unemployment through TWC should continue to request payments as normal.

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.

To apply for unemployment benefits or to request payment visit All claimants should keep their mailing and email addresses current in the unemployment benefits services system to prevent delays

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  1. I work At McDonalds part time , they don’t give more hours, I’m almost 60, I have been trying to get in contact with TWC and after an explanation they hang up, and I can’t pay my rent and bills with my paycheck, what about the Stimulus check for Americans that are working?

    1. Not trying to be a jerk…. You need to talk with a financial advisor, look for a new job, and probably find lower cost housing. You can take Social Security starting at 62, That is still over a year away. If you’re struggling now, you will continue to struggle then.

      I suggest starting with your bank. They’ll give you some things to consider and might point you to a 3rd party professional.

    2. Start by investing in a good financial management program. I use Quicken. The basic version is $35-40. Start by downloading & analyzing your past spending. Go back at least a year. Be sure to categorize transactions consistently. Some businesses like Sam’s Club can be bridge multiple categories. I go with groceries since that is 80% correct. Gas transactions aren’t worth the effort to break out.

      That 12 month average is your baseline. You need to ensure you make 10-20% more than that.

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