AUSTIN The Texas Workforce Commission has announced a $25 increase to weekly unemployment benefits for individuals receiving payments. The increase was part of the economic stimulus package passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama.

The legislation provides an increase of $25 per week for eligible Texans receiving unemployment benefits as of Feb. 22, with claimants seeing the additional benefits beginning mid-March. Eligible claimants who are receiving benefits will receive the increase retroactive to Feb. 22. The increase is effective for initial claims filed through Dec. 26, 2009.

The federally funded increase applies to all types of unemployment benefits and employers will not be charged the additional funds. Claimants do not need to call or take any additional action to receive the additional amount; however, they should continue requesting payment as scheduled. TWC administers unemployment benefits to workers who become unemployed through no fault of their own and are actively seeking work.

Claimants may receive further information online through texasworkforce.org or by using its e-mail form. A TWC staff member will call claimants back within 48 hours. Claimants may also contact an Unemployment Insurance Tele-Center at 214-252-1200.

Others call toll free: (800) 939-6631

Reemployment services are available through Texas Workforce Centers or by accessing http://www.WorkInTexas.com for information.