Some jobless Texans paying to file claims

August 20, 2009 4:50:09 AM PDT
Some Texans who lost their jobs are paying to file unemployment claims when they could be seeking the state help for free. [FIND A JOB: See listings for jobs around the Houston area]
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The head of the Texas Workforce Commission says people who turn to privately run online sites, which are legal, to seek benefits could be losing some privacy.

Chairman Tom Pauken told the Houston Chronicle that private sites can be trying to get information from people so they can sell those lists to others for possible financial gain.

Pauken, in a story Thursday, says people who lost their jobs could be confused by official-looking private sites.

The three-member commission this week decided to allow a woman to backdate her jobless claim after she initially provided information to a private Web site and her claim was delayed.

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