FileUnemployment
Max. Weekly Benefit Amount
$494
Max. Weeks of Benefits
26
Current Jobless Rate
4%
Max Weekly Benefit Amount
$494
Max Weeks of benefits
26
Current Jobless rate
4%

Updated : May 15th, 2019

The Unemployment Insurance (UI) program is jointly sponsored by the state government and the federal government. The program aims to provide financial relief to those who have lost their jobs for no fault of their own. The UI program also enables applicants by providing opportunities through training programs and job-search programs.

Eligibility to Apply for UI Benefits in Texas

The eligibility for unemployment benefits in the state of Texas depends on three factors – monetary eligibility, the reason for job separation from the previous organization, and maintaining eligibility.

You must meet the eligibility criteria of all the three factors to gain the qualification for unemployment benefits.

Monetary Eligibility

Monetary eligibility is one of the primary requirements to qualify for unemployment benefits. In order to gain monetary eligibility, you must have earned a sufficient amount of wages in your base period.

It is necessary for the applicants to have earned the required amount of wages in the first four of the last five calendar quarters. The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) will send you a ‘Statement of Wages and Potential Benefits Amounts’ (also known as the Benefit Statement) confirming whether or not you have earned enough wages during your base period.

The benefit statement will also include your potential weekly benefit amount (WBA), your potential maximum benefit amount (MBA) that you may receive in your benefit period.  

The TWC calculates your weekly benefit amount identifying your highest earning quarter, and dividing it by 25. An upper limit of $507 is set on WBA by TWC for the state of Texas, and minimum benefit amount that any shortlisted claimant would receive is $68.

To be qualified, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • The total wages earned during the base period must equal 37 times your maximum benefit amount.
  • You must have received wages in at least two of the last four quarters.
  • If you qualified on a prior claim, you are expected to have earned six times your new maximum benefit amount.

If in case you were unemployed for the last seven weeks during your base period due to illness, injury or pregnancy that began within 24 months from your start date, you could seek to use an alternative base period.

Find out more about eligibility

Job Separation

The second requirement to qualify for unemployment benefits is to establish the applicant’s reason for separation from his/her previous organization. In order to qualify, the applicants must have left the organization due to no fault of theirs. The following points highlight the criteria that need to be met with respect to job separation:

  • The applicant must have not lost the job due to his/her fault.
  • The applicant was laid off or the working hours were shortened due to lack of work.
  • The applicant was not fired from the organization due to reasons amounting to misconduct.
  • The applicant did not quit the job due to the lack of interest in the job, or for any other personal reasons.
  • If the applicant quit the job with a good work-related reason such as not being paid, he/she must have the proof of the given reason. The applicant must also establish that he/she tried to correct the issue by taking it up with the employer before quitting.
  • The applicant had to quit due to a medically documented illness, and he/she must also prove that he/she is now capable of working.
  • The applicant quit the job to leave with his/her spouse. TWC, however, will reduce the number of weeks and the total benefit amount for such cases. The reduction will not be applied for military spouses.
  • The applicant faced documented issues such as sexual violence or family violence, which propelled him/her to quit the job.

The reason for the separation given by the applicant will be verified with the employers. The chances of qualification will be impacted if the reason given by the applicant and the employer does not match.

Learn more about factors influencing eligibility

Maintaining Eligibility

Showing monetary eligibility and establishing an acceptable reason for separating from the previous organization will make the applicants eligible for unemployment benefits. The applicants, however, must maintain the eligibility factors throughout the benefits weeks to continue receiving the benefits without any stoppage.

To make sure to receive monetary benefits unhindered every week, applicants must consider the following points:

  • The most important requirement is that the applicant must be able, available and actively pursuing full-time working opportunities every week.
  • You are physically and mentally able to work throughout the period you are receiving monetary benefits.
  • You must register as a job seeker on WorkinTexas.com within three business days from the day you applied for unemployment benefits.
  • You must readily take up any suitable job offers made to you.
  • You must be a law-abiding citizen throughout the benefits weeks. The payment of your benefit amount will be interrupted if you end up in jail.
  • You are expected to lower your wage request by 75 percent of your normal wage by the 8th week of unemployment.  

Find out more on job search fulfillment requirement

How to Apply For UI Benefits in Texas?

Online

There are two options in the state of Texas to apply for benefits. TWC recommends the online mode to the applicants to file for benefits. Log on to https://apps.twc.state.tx.us/UBS/security/logon.do to file claims using your existing ID or to create a new user ID. The online portal also allows you to access all the unemployment benefit services.

Telephone

If for any reason, you cannot access a computer to file your claim for unemployment benefits, TWC also allows you to apply for benefits through a telephone call. Dial 800-939-6631 to reach the Tele-Center, and speak to a customer representative to get assistance to file your claim for benefits. The line will be available from 8 AM to 6 PM on all weekdays.

You can also dial 800-558-8321 to reach the automated telephone line. You can get general information 24 hours a day, however, to request payment or your claim status, you will have to call between 7 AM to 6 PM on all days.

How to File Weekly Claims

Once you create an account in TWC portal, you can log in to it every week to request for your benefit amount. Make sure that you request for benefits when scheduled, promptly respond when the department contacts you, be actively looking for new jobs, and meet the work search requirements.

You will receive the weekly benefits promptly if you stick to the schedule and maintain all the documents without any hindrance.

Find out more on claiming weekly benefits

UI Benefits Amount

The Unemployment Insurance Benefits Calculator will help the applicant to find out the approximate UI Benefits amount that he/she may receive in the state of Texas.

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Disclaimer: The estimates are good in faith and accuracy is not guaranteed. We are not liable for any loss and damages caused by using the tools on our website. This calculator is here to assist you in evaluating what you might obtain if you are entitled to receive benefits. We make no promises that the sum you receive will be equal to what the calculator illustrates.

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Things to Know After Filing An Application

The applicants are expected to know all the rules and regulations about the services to make sure that they do not face any hindrance during their benefit weeks.

Being aware of various services provided by TWC, and all the rules and regulations associated with it will help you to make the most of the services offered, while not breaking any rules which may have negative repercussions.

Overpayments and Fraud

Overpayments occur when TWC pays unemployment benefits more than when your entitled amount. The state of Texas mandates TWC to recover all such overpayments made from the claimants.

The law in the state of Texas is clear that TWC has no right to forgive or dismiss any recovery process, and no exception shall be made whatsoever for the claimants. Overpayments will also stay on the record of the claimants, and they shall not receive weekly benefits if they have an overpayment to repay back.

The following points identify the possible causes of overpayment:

  • Not reporting your earnings or showing incorrect earnings when requesting for benefit amount.
  • Providing false information about important aspects such as job-separation and work search documentation.
  • If the ruling of an appeal reverses the eligibility factor of a claimant after TWC paid you the benefits.
  • Not participating in the reemployment programs or other job assistance programs with TWC when required.
  • Failing to register on the WorkinTexas.com, or with a local one-stop center if the claimant is out of state.

Also, if TWC finds out that if the cause of the overpayment is due to the willful misrepresentation of facts, or concealing of crucial information, or forgery conducted by the claimant, such an act will be deemed as fraud.

In the event of fraud, the claimant will have to repay the amount received which the claimant was not entitled to. Also, the claimant will have to pay a penalty of 15 percent on the excessive amount received. Along with the penalty, the claimant may face the following repercussions:

  • The claimant may face criminal prosecution by state or federal authorities.
  • There could also be a jail sentence for the claimant.
  • The claimant will not receive the remaining benefit amount.

The excessive money drawn by the claimant must be returned to TWC without exception. If in the case you’ve not repaid the amount, expect the following repercussions:

  • The overpayments will stay on the record of the claimant till it is completely repaid.
  • If you apply for benefits in the future, TWC will deduct the weekly payments until the overpayment is completely repaid.
  • TWC can stake claim to the money you may receive from other sources such as lottery winnings, unclaimed property, unemployment benefits, or state-job related expenses until the repayment is full.
  • TWC can also take legal against you to recover the dues.

You can repay the amount by mailing a check or money order to TWC. Make sure to include your name, last four digits of the social security number and the account number shown on the billing statement.

Mail the money order or the check to the following address:

TWC Revenue & Trust Management

P.O. Box 149352

Austin, TX 78714-9352

Benefits Extension

There are no federally-backed or state-operated benefit extension programs given at present. The applicant can pay a visit to the TWC website to determine the current available Reemployment Assistance plans.

Job Training Assistance

TWC provides employment opportunities, apprenticeship opportunities, vocational training, and many similar services to help claimants develop their skill set. The website provides various avenues for the job-seekers to help them in career advancement.

TWC has designed various programs to cater to the different needs of the applicants. If you are thinking of going back to school to update your skill set, TWC has a program called Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) program. This program supports those who are aged 16 years or older and not have a high school degree.

TWC partners with local AEL workshops, Workforce solution offices, and non-profit organizations that work in the area of supporting and guiding adult learners. The objective of the program is to enable those who did not have the opportunity to go to school to rise up to the level and help them find better career opportunities.

TWC also has training programs in place for the regular job-seekers who are looking to add value to their resume. You can locate training centers approved by TWC or by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) using the Eligible Training Provider System (ETPS). The ETPS will help you find appropriate training that is suited to your requirements.

Texas Office Locations and Phone Numbers

Find all the required phone numbers you may need if you have doubts on any relevant issues during the benefits weeks

TX Unemployment Office Phone Numbers

Tele-Center 800-939-6631
Automated phone service options Dial 711 for RelayTexas
Benefit overpayment collections unit 512-936-3338
TWC state office main 512-463-2222
Report fraud 800-252-3642
Labor Market Information Hotline 866-938-4444
Labor Market Information Hotline 866-938-4444
Career Information Hotline 800-822-7526
Debit Card Help 800-657-6343
Appeal Tribunal 512-475-1135
Commission Appeal 512-475-2044
U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 800-669-4000
You could also pay a visit to your nearest Workforce Centers to avail all the services provided by TWC.

Frequently Asked Question

Q. What is Texas Workforce Solutions (TWC)?
Texas Workforce Solutions is a local and statewide network, which consists of the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) and all its statewide operations. This network gives applicants access to local 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.
Q. Can I be anonymous while reporting fraud in the state of Texas?
The state of Texas allows you to remain anonymous if you call the TWC Fraud Hotline at 800-252-3642 to report fraud. You, however, cannot be anonymous if you use email to submit the information.
Q. What programs and services do TWC provide?
Some of the important functions of TWC include developing the workforce, providing support services including childcare for the selected populations participating in workforce training and adult education and literacy services. TWC also specializes in providing services for people with disabilities to obtain training and employment 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 job seekers and employees, in particular, the department offers services such as career development information, job-search resources, training programs and, as appropriate, unemployment benefits.
Q. Can I change my name, address, email ID and phone number?
You cannot change your name from the system while receiving benefits during the benefit period. You may, however, call the TWC Tele-Center by dialing 800-558-8321 to check if you can change your name manually.
You may change your address, Email ID and phone number using the TWC portal.
Q. Where do I appeal if I have any grievances?
There are three levels of appeals. You start with the first level, and if you disagree with that decision, you may proceed through the other levels.
  • Appeal to the Appeal Tribunal
  • Appeal to the Commission
  • Motion for Rehearing or Appeal to a Civil Court
Q. What is a Motion for Rehearing or Appeal to a Civil Court?
If you do not agree with the Commission decision, you may request a Motion for Rehearing by the Commission. TWC will grant the Motion for Rehearing only if you can present all of the following:
  • Important new information about your case
  • The reason(s) why you did not present this information earlier
  • TThe reason(s) why you think this information could change the decision
As a result, the department will ask for further identifying documents for verification. Whenever there is a question of correct identity, the Department requires identifying documents to ensure benefits are paid only to those who are legally entitled to receive them.
Failure to provide the requested documentation may result in a denial of benefits.
Q. What is a waiting week?
The state of Texas has made it mandatory to hold your benefits for the first payable week as the “waiting week.” You will only be paid for the waiting week once you have received two times your weekly benefit amount and returned to full-time work or exhausted your unemployment benefits. 
Q. What are Special Reemployment Activities? Am I required to attend it?
TWC requires you to participate in special reemployment activities if you are likely to run out of benefits before you find work. If selected, your Workforce Solutions office sends a letter, and you must participate as instructed.

Questions & Answers

  1. I work in an oil field related field. When I hired with my company almost 3 years ago, we were given a guaranteed 40 hour paycheck, even if we worked less. There has been no interruption of this over the entire employment. We were just notified that we will be loosing the guaranteed 40 hours due to work shortage. Can I file unemployment to compensate for the hours/pay lost?

  2. How do I find any information on myself for labor pay either filed in taxable income or royalties from an self proprietor corporation.

  3. I applied for unemployment On October 21st. I received information back stating what my weekly award amount would be and to submit my payment request and to do my job searches. The hold up is my old employer I am a veteran who has disabilities in my lower body. no restrictions but I left my old job because they where talking advantage of my disabilities. we are supposed to receive a break after two hours there would be days where they would tell me to take my break on my lunch time 5 hours later. after a while I talked to supervisor about the issue and asked to get switched to a different position and she ignored the issue. so I quit because the management was talking abuse of my disabilities and ignored my request and the fact that I had a disability. called last week and the lady stated that my old job stated that I left because I got approved for disability which is incorrect because was already on disability which shows that there where not paying attention at all. the lady told me that they have my dd form 214 which states that I got out the military with my va pay which I could use to back me up against my old employer. currently waiting for decision they are also reviewing the fact that I am in college. which I explained to them that they are all online and does not interfere with working I have been going to college in and out of the military and when I got out I was working full time and going to school no problem. they are just looking into it because I might not have to do any more work search activates. they are also reviewing my disabilities to make sure that they wont prevent me from working which they wont I have no restrictions its just when your being taking advantaged of it can be a bare. I even had to call va provider to schedule appointment because feet where constantly in pain and swelling from standing for long periods and excusive use on my feet . and last they are reviewing the fact that I collect va pay every month for my disability which I don’t see why my unemployment would be subtracted from something the military gave me for my service connected disability. I called today November 23 2016 and they stated that it has been 5 weeks and a decision should have been made and that this claim need to be taking care of. already submitted 5 payment request I’m just hoping that everything goes in my favor been a big hassle dealing with this.

    1. I can understand your frustration. Please be patient and look forward to a positive response. If they deny, you can file an appeal for further scrutiny of your claim.

  4. I am currently working, but have to constantly miss work due to my husband’s illness. If I voluntarily quit, can I collect unemployment?

    1. You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

    1. You can be eligible to draw Unemployment Compensation if you continue to look for jobs after being laid off.

      With regard to the YMCA, please call the Unemployment Office in your state for further details.

  5. I am a Military Spouse. I have been working my whole life, but every time we move I lose my job. I held a position overseas ( GS ) now for 4 years and my employer has paid all my dues, tax etc. We are now moving to TX and I am again out of a job. I have been applying for 4-5 job postings a day but they require me to be present and have a local address before they would even consider me for a position. My question is..Can I file for unemployment once we arrive and collect unemployment until I find a job ? I didn’t get laid off or fired, I had to resign do to Permanent Change of Station. Thank you for helping me with this question. It is greatly appreciated.

    1. As a military spouse, you can be eligible to claim and receive Unemployment Compensation. Please go ahead and consider applying from the current state of residence.

  6. I initially filed for unemployment in November 2015, maximum amount was granted. On January 2016 I was appointed to a county public official position. I stopped claiming unemployment benefits as i was getting compensation. The appointment will end on General Election Day (11/8/16) with the election of an official. Can I resume my benefit requests? Will my salary as appointed public official count as wages and be counted for future Unemployment Insurance benefits?

    1. Yes, you can be eligible to claim the weeks left (if any).

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state to ascertain the mechanics and to determine the wage inclusion.

  7. Just to add to my comment I do work in Virginia pt … I am trying to ffind a job before moving there without a job or income if they decided to not approve it

  8. Last year I was asked to start working only part time because we do not have enough work. My family is loosing around $800 a month with my cut hours. A friend mentioned to me that he was filing “partial unemployment”. My question is can I file & backdate to get the money since I did not know this was an option? And if so HOW do I do that?

  9. When you say exhaust the benefits do you mean the total amount on the initial letter sent out? Or by the quarter? Ex: total benefit amount $20,000 and for the initial payout $6000 does it expire at $6000 or is it not until you reach the $2000 mark?

    1. It means the entire money assigned to you being claimed on a weekly basis.

      You may call the Claims Center for further confirmation.

  10. I just started going to lonestar full time with the help of the workforce an have been working part time since feb.I am still looking for full time work and doing the 3 job rule every week. My week is full going to school in the morning and working in the afternoon everyday. will i lose my benefits with the schedule i have. One of the questions was asked on the benefits page was if you are offered a job will you quit school don’t know on how to answer this because i want to finish this classes to get a better job. No i don’t want to quit school the workforce help me get.

    1. If not lose, it will have an impact on the current benefits.

      Please call the Unemployment Office for further details.

    1. Please report your new job by calling the claims center on the phone numbers provided.

      The new job will have a say when in the benefits received.

  11. I am a school teacher for a private magnet school in Texas, where I have been for 2 years. I was just informed that my contract will not be renewed. I also work two days a month at Wal Mart. Am I eligible for unemployment?

    1. Contract workers are generally not eligible for UI benefits.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for further information.

  12. Are you still eligible for benefits if you left due to moving out of state because your spouse lost their job.

    1. You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

  13. CEO advised I would be terminated, but VP-HR said to resign so on reference checks it would reflect reigned, not terminated. As the HR person for that facility, went ahead and resigned-for my future HR career. Reasons given were not substantiated during investigation, but still told to resign or be terminated. Can I apply for unemployment?

    1. You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons. Resignation is considered voluntary.

  14. My wife is taking care of her dad that lives with us and unfortunately he had an health issue. He will be in the hospital for about a month. She gets paid to take care of him. Can she get unemployment for the time he is in the hospital?

  15. I have been self-employed for several years and have not taken a paycheck since 2013. Due to the decline in my business, I will be closing it by mid December, 2015. Can I then apply for unemployment?

    1. Unemployment Benefits are only available to the salaried class.

      Please lookout for other forms of benefits that suits your background.

  16. I moved from out of state in hopes of finding a better job, but continued to receive vacation time that was save up. my vacation time has run out and I have not been able to find work. Will I be able to receive unemployment benefits

    1. Depends from state to state. I guess, you should be able apply as long as it was involuntary separation from the job.

      Please check with the labor authorities in your state.

  17. I was employed full-time in my career job from 2010-2012. I was then laid off when health issues prevented me from working without accommodations. I filed an EEOC complaint, which was denied. My employer sent a letter stating they had no positions available which I could perform given my disability and the accommodations required (thus, laying me off).

    I have taken a couple part-time jobs unrelated to my career as I’ve been looking for work in my field which will accommodate my disability (which is covered by the ADA). Am I eligible to receive unemployment benefits based on my full-time salary and job in 2010-2012? I understand that the wages I earned from my part-time work will be subtracted from my benefit amount, if approved.

    Will Texas pre-date my eligibility and calculate benefits upon my last full-time employment, or did my decision to take the part-time work remove my full-time wages as a factor in determining my potential benefit amount?

    1. From the information you’ve provided, you will not qualify since one needs to have employment in the preceding 4 calendar quarters.

  18. I was a contractor for 3 years and paid my own federal self-employment taxes. Is there any way I’m eligible for unemployment benefits? Any suggestions?

  19. 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?

  20. 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 ?

    1. 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.

  21. 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.

    1. 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.

  22. 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?

  23. 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?

  24. 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

    1. I previously lived in Texas lost my job due to layoff I currently receive benefits from Texas as well as live in Virginia. I’m needing to relocate to Chesapeake va due to I’m about to marry my fiancé is retired navy . I have been looking traveling back and forth for 2 months now filling out apps left and right 30-40 to be exact as well as online . I have had two interviews my question is can I go to my soon to be if we’re about to get married and still receive my benefits? I called the unemployment off ice she stated that my benefits would be on hold until determination but have you heard of any cases of such as my situation

  25. 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?

      1. 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.

        1. 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.

        2. 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.

  26. 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.

    1. 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.

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

  27. 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?

    1. 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.

  28. 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.

    1. 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.

  29. 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

      1. 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.

  30. 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

  31. 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.

  32. 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

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

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

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