Texas Unemployment Insurance Benefits

If you've been laid-off and are having trouble paying your bills, then unemployment compensation can provide you with a great way to make ends meet while you look for your next job. In Texas, unemployment claims are handled promptly, so that you can begin to receive your benefits as soon as possible. By following the steps below, you'll get a better idea of how the unemployment process works, and you'll know what to do the next time you need to file a claim for unemployment.

How to File

Filing an unemployment claim is easy. To get started, just go to the Texas Workforce Commission's website at http://www.twc.st.tx.us/. After creating a user name and password and logging in, you'll be asked for information about your last job. This information will allow the Workforce Commission to calculate your benefits and ensure that you get the proper amount of money. Near the end of your unemployment application, you'll be asked to select a PIN, or Personal Identification Number. You'll want to write down this number, along with the confirmation number you'll be given, so that you can access your information when you need to.

Once you've submitted your unemployment application, be sure to continue reading the rest of the information provided by the Workforce Commission. Remember that, while you may be eligible to receive unemployment benefits, you must maintain your eligibility by continuing to look for work. You will also need to choose a payment option. By typing in your bank account information, you can have your benefits deposited directly into your bank account. If for any reason you need to speak to a live operator, then the Texas Workforce Commission's website provides a toll-free customer service number that you can call for further assistance. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and are always helpful and courteous.

When you contact unemployment offices, be sure to have all of your information handy to enable their representatives to help you claim unemployment benefits.

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