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Disclaimer: The estimates are given in good faith and accuracy is not guaranteed. We are not liable for loss or damage caused by the tools on our website.

    State: Texas (TX)
    Phone Number: 800-939-6631. Local numbers: Austin local: (512) 340-4300, Dallas local: (972) 339-6200, El Paso local: (915) 832-6400, Fort Worth local: (817) 420-1600, Houston local: (281) 983-1100, McAllen local: (956) 984-4700, San Antonio local: (210) 258-6600. Call Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. for all unemployment benefits related services.
    File Online: http://www.twc.state.tx.us/customers/jsemp/jsempsub2.html
    Major Towns: Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, El Paso, Arlington, Corpus Christi, Plano, Laredo, Lubbock

    Current Unemploymnet Rate in Texas

    Texas Unemployment Questions



    Does part-time job disqualify me from receiving benefits?
    If you work part-time, you may be able to receive some benefits. Your Statement of Benefits tells you your weekly benefit amount and your weekly earnings allowance. Your earnings allowance is one and one quarter times (125% of) your weekly benefit amount. If your actual weekly earnings are less than your earnings allowance, State govt. will pay you the difference between the amounts as long as you meet all other requirements, including looking for full-time work. You can receive 25% more income from part-time work and partial unemployment combined, than from unemployment alone. Your benefits also may last longer. If you are working the full-time customary hours for your occupation, you are not eligible to receive UI benefits, even if your earnings are less than 125% of your weekly benefit amount. NOTE:: Separation from part-time work can affect your UI benefits. If your part-time employer fires you or you quit your part-time job, Texas state employment agency will review your job separation reason to decide whether you can still receive benefits.

    What are eligibility criteria for Texas unemployment?
    To establish a payable claim, you must have received enough wages to meet the requirements. State uses the wages paid to you during a recent 12-month period, called the base period, to calculate your benefit amounts. The base period is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters before you filed your claim. (Calendar quarters are three-month periods beginning with January, April, July, or October.) This means that when they calculate benefits they do not use earnings in the calendar quarter in which you filed your claim, or the quarter just before that. Your maximum, or total, benefit amount is the smaller of 26 times the weekly amount, or 27% of all your wages in the base period. Your weekly benefit amount will be between $59 and $406 depending upon the wages you earned.

    What is the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC)?
    TWC is the state agency charged with overseeing and providing workforce development services such as job matching, recruiting and training to Texas job seekers and employers. TWC also administers the Unemployment Benefits and Unemployment Tax programs. TWC's mission is to promote and support an effective workforce system that offers employers, individuals and communities the opportunity to achieve and sustain economic prosperity. TWC strengthens the Texas economy by providing the workforce development component of the Governor's economic development strategy. Texas boasts an incredibly skilled workforce ready to attract enterprise to the Lone Star State. By focusing on the demands of employers, TWC gives Texas the competitive edge necessary to draw business here.

    What is Texas Workforce Solutions?

    Texas Workforce Solutions is a local and statewide network comprised of the Texas Workforce Commission and its statewide operations, 28 Workforce Development Boards (Boards) for regional planning and service delivery, the Boards' contracted service providers and community partners providing local service delivery, and the TWC Unemployment Benefits Tele-Centers. This network gives customers local access to workforce solutions and statewide services at numerous Workforce Solutions offices.

    The Boards are responsible for strategic planning of universal employment services for employers and job-seekers. The integrated workforce delivery system maximizes funding and productivity while eliminating duplicate efforts. Through performance-based contracts, TWC monitors and holds the Boards accountable for program performance and provides technical assistance as needed. About Us provides more detailed information about Texas Workforce Solutions.



    What is the Commission on Human Rights?
    The Commission on Human Rights governs the Civil Rights Division within TWC, establishing policies and supervising the director's administration of the division. The Commission on Human Rights is the state authority fair employment practice agency, separate from TWC's Commission.

    How is TWC funded?
    Most of the TWC budget is funded through federal sources, such as funding for administration of the Unemployment Insurance program, and grants for employment and retraining services under Wagner Peyser and the Workforce Investment Act. TWC block grants, through allocation formulas, go to workforce development boards that plan and administer Workforce Investment Act, Choices, Employment Services, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training, child care, and other workforce and support services.

    What programs and services does TWC provide?

    The major functions of TWC include developing the workforce, providing support services including child care for targeted populations participating in workforce training, and administering the Unemployment Benefits and Unemployment Tax programs. TWC also provides information and analysis on shifts in occupations and industries within the state.

    For employers, we offer recruiting, training and retraining, outplacement services and valuable information on employment law and labor market trends and statistics.

    For job seekers, we offer career development information, job-search resources, training programs and, as appropriate, unemployment benefits. While targeted populations receive intensive assistance to overcome barriers to employment, all Texans can benefit from the services offered by the partners of Texas Workforce Solutions.



    How can I report fraud within a TWC program?
    Call the TWC Fraud Hotline at 800-252-3642 or view Reporting Fraud section for more information and the option to use e-mail to submit a fraud report.

    Can I remain anonymous when reporting fraud?
    You can remain anonymous if you call the TWC Fraud Hotline at 800-252-3642. You cannot remain anonymous if you use e-mail to submit the information.

    How do I request TWC records under Open Records?
    The Open Records Policy includes rights and procedures for requesting information and the contact information for several different contact methods.



Questions & Answers

  1. MJ says:

    Is it possible to receive your unemployment benefits while receiving your post 9/11 GI Bill benefits?

    • Adrian says:

      Please inquire with the labor dept in your state.

      They may have special rules for GI bill beneficiaries.

  2. Jennifer says:

    I am employeed seasonally part time. I will be laid off during the summer but will return in the fall. I barely made the 2200.00 required to qualify but can not afford to not earn money and can not find summer seasonal job for one and a half months. Most people want longevity.Do I qualify?

  3. charmane says:

    I am moving to Georgia from Texas because of major adolescent issues with my daughter. My employer does not have a facility within the city I am relocating too. I plan on giving my two week’s resignation very soon. Will I be able to qualify for unemployment benefits after quitting and moving to Georgia ?

    • Adrian says:

      UI benefits are usually extended to those who become unemployed involuntarily.

      Looks like you have a genuine issue.I suggest that you do consider applying for UI benefits from the state where you were employed last until you fine a suitable job.

  4. Karin says:

    My employer was in Texas and I worked out of a Texas office for 20 months. I had an apartment while I worked in Texas during the work week. I was laid off, so I gave up my apartment and moved back to my permanent address in Arkansas. My employer had my address as my Texas location, and paid in to Texas. Do I file with Texas or Arkansas for unemployment since I know live in Arkansas? thanks in advance.

    • Adrian says:

      Please consider filing from Texas as your employment was based there.As you rightly pointed out,the employer has paid into the state of Texas.

  5. gloria esparza says:

    if you got fired in michigan and moved to texas. Can you file for unemployment, is there a penalty time frame??

  6. Mary says:

    I had to quit my employment @ a the county after 2 years for personal reasons. I had a job already lined up for me w/the same amount of pay and the same hours, but after two weeks of being employed the boss told me he had to let me go because the company was being audited and he would not be able to afford me, I only worked 2 weeks! now my question is, would I qualify for unemployement benefits in Texas?

  7. stormy says:

    I recently resigned my position in Texas to move. I moved due to my elderly mother needing some support this winter. My sister lives neaH however at them time was ready to accept a higher paying position requiring her to relocate. As life will have it, after I resigned my position and moved, she declined the offer. So now I’m in NM and so I applied for UE. I was ineligible/disqualified because I “quit” my job. I found me a job 2 1/2 weeks after I applied for UE. It’s lower pay but I’m ok with it because they are willing to work with me and letting me work a year. I asked my employer if I can go LWOP but was told it would be to long of a leave. I also am eligible to return which I plan to do after a June. I may appealed. Any thoughts on this?

  8. Kim says:

    I have worked my whole life in Texas. I recently moved to another state and had to turn in my resignation due to my employer not having offices in new state, and not allowing remote employment. My new state will not let me apply since I did not work here. I applied in Texas after looking in new state for 3 months with no success. Texas says I have to register with Tx Workforce to look for employment but I no longer live there…any advice

  9. Dewey says:

    I am currently on unemployment from texas. I have an old workman’s comp case from Florida that the insurance company wants to settle–and yes I was cleared to work a long time ago. If I accept a settlement, will that take away from my UI benefits?

    • kathy says:

      Call the Texas unemployment office to confirm, but I really doubt it will have any impact on benefits.

      • Dewey says:

        It took me three days to finally get through, then they told me they would not give me an answer in advance. They said I would have to collect the settlement, report it and then they would let me know. I asked for the supervisor and was given the same answer. No one would tell me the rules other than to say it was a case by case decision. I would think the guidelines would be written somewhere but they would not budge.

        • kathy says:

          You can research your issue at the official website for Texas unemployment. BUT “case by case” is a very accurate description. A seemingly insignificant detail can change the whole outcome. You can also research court decisions on “grey” areas. For example, suitable employment is defined differently by each state.

        • Dewey says:

          I did research the website but couldn’t find anything. I was lucky enough to get hold of an attorney who used to be an administrative law judge for unemployment cases. he told me as long as the settlement was for medical and not for any income I was fine.

  10. Roberto Harrison says:

    Just changed place of living from The Woodlands to Austin Texas, I’ve been trying desperately to find a job for this first week due that college is starting soon and need to pay rent of apartment and college fines, till I find a job I am currently almost in cero with many debts coming their way. I’ve worked within the state of Texas for about two years and I had to quit my last job due to some security issues and change of cities, thanks.

    • kathy says:

      You need to contact Texas unemployment office right away. If you are a full time student such that you are unable to work, you may be ineligible when school starts. In the meantime you may qualify and be eligible to receive some benefits. Call the local office.

  11. Jose Garza says:

    Trying to fight my benefits from my first claim please call me thanks

    • kathy says:

      This is not the unemployment office. It is a public website so I removed your phone number. Please call your local unemployment office.

  12. Deborah says:

    I worked for a year at a secretarial job that paid me by company check. It did not take out social security or any other taxes. I also did not receive a 1099 for last year. But i can get copies of the company checks I deposited into my bank account that prove I received the money weekly. Can I apply for unemployment benefits?

    • Baggie says:

      If your employer has not paid any taxes towards employment fund, you have not worked under covered employment. This will leave you ineligible for unemployment compensation.

  13. Debra says:

    I work overseas as a contractor in Afghanistan. I will be leaving my job after being employeed for a year and a half due to the hostile area. Will I be entitiled to unemployment.

    • Baggie says:

      Hi Debra,

      If a person quits job due to hostile environment, they are mostly eligible for UC. It is better to let the company know about the inconveniences and get a better position. You will have to keep a record of your efforts as later the burden of proof will be on you to let the unemployment office know your worthiness. Please do not consider this a legal answer. Each case is different hence the eligibility determination changes as well.

  14. Gina Inan says:

    It’s been two weeks I am unemployeed but only filed now.
    Online I was able to file for this week but I can’t seem to file for previous week.
    How do I file for previous week’s unemployment?
    Thanks,
    Gina

    • Gina Inan says:

      I am in Texas.

      • Kathy says:

        You could call unemployment and ask them to back date the claim. They do not have to. To have it considered you will have to answer a few more questions. If you do not try or do not succeed, consider this – 1 week does not make a huge difference – your claim year ends 1 week later than it would have and if you are still unemployed, you may really need that week then.

  15. Sherry says:

    Employer in Ft. Worth; full time $11.00 has advised that my friend will be let go as soon as they hire someone else. However, they are trying to “offer” him a position in Austin for $8.00, telling him if he does not accept the transfer he will have quit and not be eligible for unemployment. This makes no sense to me and I can’t see how that could be legal

  16. kory knapp says:

    I’ll be leaving my job and attending UTI in Houston on the post 9/11 Gi Bill. I know it’s a state by state basis so I’m asking if I qualify for unemployment benefits while using post 9/11 Gi Bill.

  17. cheryl donnaud says:

    I am being discharged from my employment on March 4, 2013 effective @ 5:00 p.m. Can I apply for unemployment prior to that date

  18. marion lamb says:

    If I choose to draw my retirement at 650.00 a month, how will it affect my unemployment benefits I’m currently recieving?

  19. VICTORIA says:

    MY BENEFITS GOT TERMINATED DUE TO ME QUITTING MY PART TIME JOB AS A HOME HEALTH PROVIDER, BECAUSE I WAS WORKING 3 HOURS A DAY AND DID NOT AGREE TO SPLITTING THOSE HOURS TO 1 HOUR IN THE MORNING AND 2 IN THE AFTERNOON. I USE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AS MY ONLY WAY TO GET TO WORK. ONE POINT I WOULD LIKE TO ADD IS THE AREA WHERE I WORK TURNS HOSTILE AT NIGHT.

  20. Leonel A. Bustos says:

    I am from Deer Park,Tx.
    I have worked on some other States but texas. Can I claim weekly benefits from texas.

  21. Veronica Hawkins says:

    I had worked for Southwest Voter Registration Education Project for several years until I took a leave to get my MPA through a fellowship. Prior to leaving SVREP, I discussed with my boss the possibility of returning once I finished my program. She said yes, they would have me back. Unfortunately, after the 14mos MPA fellowship, SVREP did not have the funds to hire me back at my old pay. I took a temp lower paying task within the organization which was for 9/17-9/28/2012. Am I eligible to file for unemployment, if not, what are my options?
    Thank you, Veronica Hawkins 210.204.9169 cell.

  22. Alberto says:

    Do veterans using the VRAP program for full time college lose their unemployment benefits.

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  24. kelly says:

    i applied for unemployment today. turns out the job i have did not end? how do i cancel unemployment immediately?

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