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These resources – like the public health crisis itself – are constantly evolving and are only current as to the date of publication. This page was last updated on May 8, 2020.

For more up-to-date information on the relief programs available in Texas, we recommend that you visit the Governor's COVID-19 Resources portal, the Harris County website or Dallas County's Coronavirus Updates and Information

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Description of Program and Relief

Unemployment Insurance

The Texas Unemployment Insurance (UI) program pays benefits to those individuals who lost their jobs through no fault of their own. The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) determines benefit eligibility based on past wages, why someone lost their job, and ongoing eligibility requirements.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, TWC has waived work search requirements for all claimants and the waiting week for those claimants affected by COVID-19.

Government or Lead Agency

Texas Workforce Commission

Dates Available

Available now

Eligibility Requirements/Restrictions

Eligibility information can be found here.

Generally, unemployment benefits are available to those who have lost their job due to no fault of their own, including the closure of their employer’s business due to COVID-19.

Application Deadlines (If Applicable)


Contact for More Information

Call 800-939-6631 or apply online here.

List of Additional Information

For additional information on unemployment benefits, visit this website.

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