What is Texas Unemployment Insurance Benefit?
Unemployment Insurance Benefit is a joint Federal and State program that provides unemployment benefits to eligible workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own (as determined under State law), and meet other eligibility requirements of State law. The unemployment benefits are funded through unemployment insurance (UI) tax paid by the employers.
All states require a worker to have earned a certain amount of wages or to have worked for a certain period of time (or both) within the base period to be monetarily eligible to receive any Unemployment benefits.
If you quit a job, you can not get unemployment benefits. You must be laid off or terminated through no fault on your own.
How to Apply for Texas Unemployment Insurance Benefits?
If you have been fired or terminated recently, you can apply for Texas Unemployment Benefits using the following methods.
- Apply online at Unemployment Benefit Services by selecting Apply for Benefits. Read the Applying for Unemployment Benefits Tutorial
for help applying online.
- Call a Tele-Center at 800-939-6631 and speak to a customer service representative.
How much is Texas Unemployment Benefit?
Your Unemployment Benefits depends on your based period, the average wage in three months. The basic base period is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters prior to the calendar quarter in which the claim is effective.
The maximum weekly Texas Unemployment Benefit is $426. You must re-certify each week and be actively seeking employment during your unemployment.
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How long can you receive Texas Unemployment Benefit?
In general, you can receive up to 26 weeks of unemployment benefit. During periods of high unemployment, Unemployment benefits claimants may collect more weeks of benefits.
Texas Unemployment Insurance Online and Contact Information:
Contact the Texas Department of Labor at 1-800-939-6631 for more information on Unemployment Insurance Benefits.
Tele-Center (to speak with a staff member): 1-800-939-6631, weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tele-Serv (automated telephone system): 1-800-558-8321, Sun-Fri, 7 a.m.-6 p.m