Workforce Commission continues benefits for 15,000

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - As many as 15,000 Texans who risked exhausting their jobless benefits by the end of next week will continue to receive assistance.

The Texas Workforce Commission took emergency action to continue unemployment assistance that could have been lost by the end of July.

The vote Tuesday implements a 13-week extended benefits program.

The U.S. Department of Labor agreed to defer some rules of the program, as the state had trouble reprogramming computers to implement eligibility and other requirements.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports the additional benefits will be available to jobless workers who are close to exhausting their 59 weeks of regular state and federal benefits.

June unemployment in Texas was 7.5 percent.

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