Unemployment Benefits: Texas

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Before You Apply for Unemployment Benefits in Texas

Apply for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits on ui.texasworkforce.org or by calling a Tele-Center. Be sure you have:

If you were part of a mass layoff, your employer provides the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) with information for part of your claim. Then we send you instructions on how to complete your application for benefits.

Eligibility Requirements for Unemployment Benefits

After You Apply for Unemployment Benefits

It can take about four weeks after you apply for benefits to determine whether you are eligible to receive benefits. While we are reviewing your claim:

1. Complete your work search application within three business days of applying for benefits. Follow the instructions at www.WorkInTexas.com. Click logon as job seeker. Or, register at any Workforce Solutions office.

2. Look for work each week and keep a log of your work search activities.

3. Set up your 4-digit Personal Identification Number (PIN). You need a PIN to request benefits and get information on your claim. Do not share your PIN with anyone.

4. Read the Unemployment Benefits Handbook and benefit statement we send you. The benefit statement includes:

      - the four calendar quarters used to calculate your benefits

      - wages your employer(s) reported paying you during each quarter

      - whether you earned enough wages to receive benefits

      - the amount of benefits you may receive.

5. Request benefit payments See next column for instructions.

Request Unemployment Benefits Payments

You must request payment to receive unemployment benefits.

Useui.texasworkforce.org or Tele-Serv, our automated telephone system. We send you instructions on how and when to request payment.

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