On Thursday, Gov. Greg Abbott instructed the Texas Workforce Commission to apply for a federal aid program to supply $300 per week to those who are unemployed. After that, the amount will increase to $400 once the state contributes.
A temporary $600 benefit for citizens on unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic recently expired.
“The Lost Wage Assistance program will provide crucial financial support to Texans who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Abbott said in a news release. “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.”
If the application is accepted, unemployed Texans can expect to receive funds after Sunday, Aug. 23. Payments for those impacted and eligible will be backdated to Aug. 1. There are 10 other states in the country that have also applied for the benefits.