Frequently Asked Questions

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1. Q: If my last job was in another state, am I still eligible for unemployment insurance in Texas?

A: No, but you may be eligible for unemployment benefits in your state.

2. Q: I used up all of my benefits and I am still unemployed. Can I get an unemployment coverage extension?

A: No, there are currently no unemployment benefit extensions available in Texas. However, they may become available in the future, when the unemployment rate rises.

3. Q: I am unemployed but cannot work full-time because I do not have reliable child care. Am I eligible for benefits?

A: No, you must be available and able to work and actively searching for work to be eligible for unemployment benefits in Texas.

4. Q: I was fired from my job, but I believe I was wrongfully terminated. Can I still receive unemployment insurance?

A: You may be eligible for unemployment benefits if you can provide documentation proving how you were wrongfully terminated.

5. Q: Can I apply for unemployment insurance in person?

A: No, but you may apply for unemployment insurance by phone or online.

6. Q: Can an incarcerated person apply for unemployment insurance coverage?

A: An incarcerated person is not available for work and is therefore ineligible for benefits.

7. Q: My unemployment claim was processed and accepted but I haven’t been receiving my benefits. Why?

A: Every 2 weeks, you must certify your claim to receive benefits. You must also apply for work and provide documentation for each week to obtain benefits on time.

8. Q: I received a job offer but declined it because it was not what I was looking for. Why have my unemployment payments ceased?

A: You must accept a reasonable job for your skill set and experience to continue to receive benefits. This means accepting a job that may offer lower wages or a longer commute than you prefer. However, you do not have to accept a job that is offering lower wages than the state average for that job.

9. Q: I filed an appeal after being denied benefits but my appeal was denied. Can I contest this?

A: Yes, you may re-submit an appeal if you feel that you were wrongfully denied benefits. Be prepared by providing all necessary documents.

10. Q: How can I figure out how much my weekly benefit pay will be?

A: You can estimate how using the given formula or an online estimator.

11. Q: How long can I receive unemployment benefits?

A: You may receive benefits for up to 26 weeks in Texas.

12. Q: I did not work the amount of hours required to qualify for unemployment insurance. Is there anything I can do?

A: If you did not work the required hours due to illness or pregnancy, you may be eligible for an alternate base period.

13. Q: Do I have to show up to Texas Workforce Solutions appointments?

A: Yes, if you are chosen to attend Texas Workforce Solution reemployment activities, then you must show up. If you are not required to attend, you are still welcome to come.

14. Q: Is there a limit to the amount of unemployment benefits I can receive?

A: Yes, you may only receive unemployment benefits for us tp 26 weeks, unles benefits are extended by the state.

15. Q: I am unable to work due to a disability. Am I still eligible for benefits?

A: No, you must be able to work immediately to receive unemployment. However, you may be eligible for Disability Benefits.

16. Q: How long do I have to wait for a determination after my application has been sent?

A: Your application should be processed in 4 weeks.

17. Q: Both my spouse and I are unemployed. Can we both apply for unemployment insurance?

A: No, you may not both apply. However, a spouse may be claimed as a dependent on an unemployment claim.

18. Q: I am currently disqualified from unemployment benefits due to misconduct at work. Will I always be disqualified?

A: If you become unemployed from another job, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits in the future if you are not fired due to misconduct.

19. Q: I was disqualified from unemployment insurance because I engaged in unemployment insurance fraud. Will I be eligible for unemployment benefits in the future?

A: No, you may not be eligible for unemployment insurance in the future if you are disqualified due to insurance fraud.

20. Q: I am currently receiving a pension from my last employer. Am I still eligible for benefits?
A: You may still be eligible for unemployment benefits if you are receiving a pension. However, you may receive reduced benefits.


What Is Texas Unemployment Insurance?

In the state of Texas, unemployment insurance is a type of government compensation that can be obtained by newly unemployed workers who require financial assistance while they purse new work opportunities. These unemployment benefits are available to eligible individuals for a pre-determined period and help them cover rent, food and other necessary expenses. To find out more about unemployment insurance and how you can start receiving government compensation today, download our guide.


Can Everyone Get Unemployment Benefits in Texas?

Unemployment insurance is only available to qualified individuals in Texas. Applicants must have an acceptable reason for being out of work, they must meet past income thresholds and more. Find out if you qualify to receive unemployment compensation in Texas by downloading our comprehensive guide here.