Texas reinstating work-search requirement for unemployment benefits

Published: Jun. 17, 2020 at 4:25 PM CDT
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AUSTIN, Texas (KXII) - Texans receiving unemployment benefits will soon be required to prove they have searched for jobs to continue receiving aid in July.

The Texas Workforce Commission says the work-search requirement will be reinstated July 6, and the first report will be due July 19. TWC says search efforts do not need to be sent in unless requested.

Recipients will be required to search for three jobs a week, except where workforce boards have a lower minimum. Furloughed workers with a definite return date within 12 weeks are exempt from the work search requirement.

A list of accepted work search activities can be found on the TWC website.

“The COVID-19 crisis has been difficult for everyone, creating new challenges for workers, employers and their families,” said TWC Executive Director Ed Serna. “Let me be clear: we are not over it. But we’re seeing employment opportunities begin to bounce back in Texas as our economy restarts. There are opportunities out there, and getting Texans back to work and businesses up and running again will create even more.”

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