Texas Unemployment Weekly Claims

During each week you claim benefits, you must:

Make an active search for full-time work, unless TWC (Texas Workforce Commission) lets you off from this requirement

The purpose of filing a weekly certification is to tell the unemployment agency that you:

  • Are physically able to work
  • Are available for full-time work
  • Are Applying for and accepting suitable work
  • Did not do any work this week.
  • Did not make any money this week
  • Did not find another job
  • Still want to receive an unemployment check or payment this week

Therefore, it is very important to file your weekly claims every week to keep receiving your unemployment check.

If you holdup in filing your weekly claims, you may not get your unemployment check on time.

  1. I have filed 4 times since January 30, everything i did was over the phone, when i check the status its says that they have not paid but there are no problems. Then it askes for a two week certification, i thought i certify that on the phone.. what should i do ?

  2. my claim and payment status showed $1521.00 on sunday feb 2nd when i file my payment request, then showed $507.00 after my benefits were deposited yesterday in my account, and today shows $0.00 and when i try and request my waiting week it says that i got paid for it!???!!!!! This is ridiculous!!! I have to budget down to the penny already and now im not getting the $507 still owed to me?! Ive searched for work religiously everyday almost and now my benefits are exhausted! and on top of it all now i cant depend on the last weeks benefit amount that i had budgeted for?! i dont know what to do?! Can you receive benefits beyond the maximum amount ??!!

    • Toby,

      I can understand your frustration. Please call the Claims Center to know what’s happening and how it can be fixed.

    • Lana,

      If you do not claim within the stipulated time, the weekly payment will not be processed. Please make sure to log your claim during the window.

  3. I’m going on my 9th week of unemployment. I received payment for weeks: 2,5 and 6. The other three I’ve had to appeal. I received a reversed decision for 3 and 4, but not 1. When I filed for my last two weeks online, I was given a message (to sum it up) that said: “your payment request is on hold”. For the life of me I can’t think of why. And that’s after hours of online research. Any advice?

    • Only the authorities would know. Please call the Unemployment Office to know the reason and also to inquire if there is anything you can do to release the payments.

  4. I am going on 13day vacation between 3 weeks.Do i still need to file claim ?
    Do I still need to do active search?
    Do I eligible for any benifits during this time?

    • If you do not intend to make the job searches, do not file. You can come back from the vacation and continue.

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