The unemployment insurance program of Texas provides temporary financial assistance to those who have become unemployed through no fault of their own. If you are deemed eligible, you will receive a weekly benefit payment of $58-$392, depending on what you earned in the previous months.

To be eligible to receive unemployment insurance, you must have earned enough wages and must have been separated from your last job through no fault of your own.

Although the specifics of individual cases vary slightly, to qualify to receive unemployment you must have earned a a specific wage during a recent 12-month period and left your last job because of one of the following circumstances:

  • Were laid off because of a lack of work
  • Had the amount of hours you work reduced by your employer
  •  Were fired for any reason other than work-related misconduct
  •  Quit your job due to a documented medical condition
  •  Quit your job with good cause as determined by the Texas Workforce Commission.

You can apply for unemployment insurance online through the Texas Workforce Commission website or by phoning any of the six offices or a toll-free number between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. To complete your application, you will need:

  •  Most recent employer’s full business name and address
  •  The day you started working for your previous employer
  •  The last day on which you worked for your previous employer
  •  Your regular wage at your most recent job
  •  The number of hours and wages earned during the week in which you are applying (if applicable)
  •  Your Alien Registration Number (if applicable)

If you have questions about your eligibility or the application process, contact the Texas Workforce Commission. Once you have applied for Texas unemployment insurance benefits, you can check on the status of your claim online or by phoning a local office or toll-free number.

Inside Texas