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Texas Back-To-Work (TBTW)
Posted 05 - 05 - 2010

Texas Back-To-Work (TBTW)

The purpose of the Texas Back-To-Work Initiative (TBTW) is to establish a public-private partnership program with local employers that targets first-time Unemployment Insurance (UI) claimants who earned less than $15 an hour prior to layoff and who are receiving regular state UI benefits or who meet the other criteria above but have exhausted benefits.  The target group is identified by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC.)  


The primary goal of the program is to aid workers’ timely reattachment to the workforce and to retain employment, and to reduce the reliance on public assistance. 


Employers earn a monthly retention bonus of $500 each full 30-day period a targeted individual remains in their employ and works a minimum of 30 hours per week, up to a total of $2,000 for 120 days.  The retention bonus will be paid after 120 days.  No bonus is earned for a partial 30 day period. The retention periods and corresponding total subsidy amounts are as follows:


·        30-59 days - $500

·        60-89 days - $1,000

·        90-119 days - $1,500

·        120 days and beyond - $2,000

For more information please contact your local Business Services Unit at one of the following locations:


Angelina County        Nacogdoches County    Shelby County                   Jasper County              Polk County

210 N. John Redditt    2103 S. Street                   1121 Hurst Street, Ste 2     150 West Gibson         1241 W. Church,

                                                                                                                                                                       Ste 300

Lufkin, TX 75904        Nacogdoches, TX 75964 Center, TX 75935              Jasper, TX 75951         Livingston, TX 77351

936-639-1351                936-560-1441                      936-598-2468                    409-384-9031                 936-327-5421

936-639-1272 (Fax)      936-560-0540 (Fax)             936-598-4357 (Fax)          409-384-9677                 936-327-3916 (Fax)


Houston County                            Tyler County

1512A Loop 304                             205 N. Charlton

Crockett TX 75835                         Woodville, TX  75979

936-544-7859                                   409-283-3400

936-544-7872 (Fax)                          409- 283-7114

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