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Texas Back to Work Program Wins Award

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It's no wonder Texas has an unemployment rate of only 8.4 percent, far below the national unemployment rate. The state has developed some good initiatives to get people on Unemployment Insurance back to work.

The Texas Workforce Commission reports that the Texas Back to Work program recently won a national award at the 2010 National Conference on Unemployment Insurance in Washington D.C. for innovating a new strategy when it comes to reemployment. The program, which is funded by the Texas Legislature, provides up to $2,000 in wage subsidies to Texas employers for hiring qualified individuals who are currently receiving or have received Unemployment Insurance benefits within the last year.

Employers must retain the newly hired employee for at least 120 days to qualify for the full $2,000 subsidy. However, employers can receive at least $800 for keeping the Back to Work employee for just 30 days. The purpose of the program is to offset the cost of hiring new workers and to encourage employers to create long-term, private-sector employment for jobless Texans.

TWC Commissioner Ronny Congleton said in a statement that nearly 7,000 people in Texas are going back to work because of the initiative. This is why the U.S. Department of Labor and National Association of State Workforce Agencies chose to recognize the program.

Perhaps this program will also be an extra incentive for employees in Texas to file for Unemployment Insurance after being put out of work. If you're having trouble receiving UI due to a dispute with your former employer, it could be a good idea to see a Houston employment lawyer to find out if you have a legitimate claim.

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