TWC crosses $10 billion in COVID-19 unemployment payments

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The State Room displays a “Stay Safe” sign Wednesday, April 15, 2020, in Salt Lake City. Congress, the Trump administration and the Federal Reserve have mounted the largest financial intervention in history a full-scale drive that includes mandating sick leave for some, distributing $1,200 checks to individuals, allocating rescue aid to employers and expanding unemployment benefits to try to help America survive the crisis. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — With more than four years worth of claims, compared to 2019 numbers, since the start of the pandemic, the Texas Workforce Commission has now paid out more than $10 billion in unemployment benefits.

More than half, $6.2 billion, of those dollars is through Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC).

FPUC is the extra $600 in weekly unemployment benefits as part of the federal CARES Act. The first payable week under FPUC was the week ending April 4.

Carl Snoeberger, who was laid off in March from a local tech company because of COVID-19, reached out to KXAN Friday about the extra $600 weekly benefit.

“Should that added money be deducted from our earned benefit amount?” he asked.

The extra $600/week in unemployment benefits runs from the week ending April 4 to the week ending July 25.

“TWC subtracts ONLY the regular weekly benefit amount from your maximum benefit amount after we pay you for that week,” TWC spokesman Cisco Gamez said. “TWC does NOT subtract the $600 FPUC payment from your maximum benefit amount.”

Gamez also notes that federal income tax and/or child support deductions may impact your weekly benefit amount.

Overall, more than 3 million Texans have filed for unemployment.

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