Workforce Commission helping with disaster-related unemployment

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Many people across the state are out of a job, and they have Hurricane Ike to thank for it.  Now the Federal Government is stepping in and has asked the Texas Workforce Commission to help out.

"This covers those type people who would normally fall through the cracks under normal circumstances.  These are not normal circumstances and this help covers those people," says Jon Bunn with Workforce Solutions here in Lufkin.

For anyone living in the one of 29 counties affected by Ike, temporary relief is available with disaster related unemployment benefits.

It's a long name for a simple thing, help.

"So if they can get here somehow, we will help them, not only make our services available with telephones, fax and more importantly registering them online, but we can inform them about the other agencies" who can help, says Bunn.

The Texas Workforce Commission is committed to helping anyone who needs it but you have to apply by October 15th. And remember, it doesn't cost to apply for unemployment assistance.

Texas counties included in the disaster declaration are Angelina, Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Cherokee, Fort Bend, Galveston, Grimes, Hardin, Harris, Houston, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Madison, Matagorda, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, Newton, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Trinity, Tyler, Walker, Waller, and Washington.

For more information, call one of the following numbers:

TWC Tele-Center from Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time at (800) 939-6631.

Austin local:                            (512) 340-4300
Houston local:                         (281) 983-1100
Dallas local:                             (972) 339-6200 
McAllen local:                           (956) 984-4700
El Paso local:                           (915) 832-6400 
San Antonio local:                    (210) 258-6600
Fort Worth local:                      (817) 420-1600 
Others call toll free:                 (800) 939-6631                                    

Reemployment services are available through Texas Workforce Centers or by accessing for more information.