The agency estimates unemployment benefits overpaid to claimants at $ 32 million.
However, the commission backed down later in the week, saying it would no longer need returns.
“Texas is prevented by court order from collecting overpayments caused solely by the commission’s error,” Texas Workforce Commission spokesperson Cisco Gamez said Wednesday in a media update. online, according to the Texas Tribune.
The court order, which Gamez said he was not aware of before, dates back to 1978, according to the Texas Tribune.
Gamez said the commission did not yet have data for 2020 regarding exactly the number of overpayments for which TWC was responsible.
In 2019, TWC was responsible for 0.4% of the incorrect payments based on an audit by the U.S. Department of Labor.