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Potential Benefit Amounts

If you are interested to know if you might be eligible for unemployment benefits, please visit the Eligibility and Benefit Amounts webpage to learn about eligibility requirements. 

If you are unemployed, and you have not applied for unemployment benefits yet and want to apply, apply on TWC’s Unemployment Benefits Services webpage.  

If you are not unemployed or do not need to apply for unemployment benefits but are interested in eligibility requirements AND potential benefit amounts, please also visit the Eligibility and Benefit Amounts webpage. 

The Eligibility and Benefit Amounts webpage contains a link to TWC’s Unemployment Benefits Estimator where you can estimate your potential benefits amount before applying. The estimator cannot tell you if you are eligible to receive benefits. Eligibility is only determined after applying for benefits. 

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When to Apply

Apply for benefits as soon as you are unemployed because your claim starts the week you complete the application. However, you may not apply until after your last work day. We cannot pay benefits for weeks before your claim effective date. The effective date is the Sunday of the week in which you apply.

Apply for benefits with the state where you worked during your base period.  If you worked in more than one state, see If You Earned Wages in More than One State.

If your last job was for a temporary agency or staff leasing company, you have additional requirements:

  • If your last job was for a temporary agency, you must immediately contact the temporary agency for a new assignment and wait three business days after your assignment ended before applying for benefits. The agency has three business days to offer you a new assignment.
  • If your last job was for a staff leasing company, you must immediately contact the staff leasing company for a new assignment.

Read about how temporary work affects your benefits.

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How to Apply

Apply for benefits in one of two ways:

Information You Need to Apply

You will need:

  • Your last employer’s business name, address and phone number
  • First and last dates (month, day and year) you worked for your last employer. If you worked for your last employer on more than one occasion, provide the most recent employment dates.
  • Number of hours worked and pay rate if you worked the week you apply for benefits (Sunday through Saturday)
  • Information about the normal wage for the job you are seeking
  • Alien Registration number (if not a U.S. citizen)
  • A valid Texas Driver License number or Texas Identification Card number

Your Unemployment Benefit Services Password

When you sign up for online services, you will select a User ID and password. Your password protects your identity and privacy. It has the same legal authority as your signature on a paper document. Do not give your password to anyone, not even to a family member or TWC employee. You are responsible for any payment request made using your User ID and password.

If you have a User ID and password from WorkInTexas.com, use that User ID and password to logon to Unemployment Benefit Services. For more about the password requirements, go to Managing Your Benefits Password & PIN.

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How to Verify Your Identity on Your Claim

If you filed an unemployment claim and received a notice from TWC with instructions to verify your identity, then you must complete the ID verification to validate your claim. Verify your ID only if you filed the claim. Verifying your ID will validate that you are the person who filed the unemployment claim.

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Establish & Change Payment Options

When you apply for benefits, TWC offers you one of two ways to get your benefit payments:

  • Direct deposit, which is direct payment into your personal checking or savings account in a United States bank or credit union
  • Debit card, which is issued by the TWC-contracted bank

TWC will deposit payments to the TWC debit card account unless you sign up for direct deposit.

If you signed up for direct deposit on a prior claim, TWC will use the checking or savings account information you previously provided.

To select or change your payment option online or by phone:

  • Log on to ui.texasworkforce.org and select Payment Option from the Quick Links menu.
  • Call Tele-Serv at 800-558-8321 and select option 5.

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Privacy / Confidentiality

Your claim is confidential. However, we share some information with government agencies and their contractors for the administration and enforcement of laws, including verifying eligibility for public assistance, supporting law enforcement activities, and other purposes permitted by law. Allowable uses of confidential information may include performing statistical analysis, research and evaluation.

Disclosure may be made to entities that manage and evaluate programs such as Social Security, Medicaid, nutrition assistance, and child support. We mail a notice of your claim to your last employer and may communicate with other former employers. If we pay you benefits by debit card, we share information with U.S Bank because it manages your debit-card account. U.S. Bank and government agencies with access to information must agree to comply with state and federal laws regarding the confidentiality of claim information.

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