The State of Texas’ participation in federal pandemic unemployment benefit programs is ending. As a result, the final benefit week that the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) will pay federal pandemic unemployment benefits under the American Rescue Plan is the benefit week ending June 26, 2021.

This includes the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program for those who traditionally do not qualify for regular state benefits, like self-employed and independent contractors, or exhausted all other benefits; Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program (PEUC) that extends regular state benefits; and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation Program (FPUC), which provides an additional $300 weekly benefit payment.

If you are currently receiving PUA, PEUC, and FPUC federal benefits, you may continue to request payment for all weeks for which you are eligible through the week ending June 26, 2021.

Please note if you are on regular unemployment, although the additional $300 a week benefit will end June 26, 2021, TWC will continue to pay you regular benefits after that date as long as you remain eligible, and you have not exhausted your state benefits.

The Texas Workforce Commission will be providing additional information to claimants as they transition away from federal pandemic-related benefit programs.

If you are returning to work, you may visit http://www.TexasWorkforce.org for more information on employment services.

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