Unemployment Assistance

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If an individual has been laid off or experienced a reduction in work hours, they should apply for unemployment benefits with the Texas Workforce Commission. Our local offices do not process claims for unemployment, but we do have staff available to assist with setting up a WorkInTexas.com account or job searching.

COVID-19 Update: If you have been laid off or lost wages due to the impact of COVID-19, please email our Rapid Response Unit and include your name and phone number in the email or use the button below to notify us of a layoff and a staff member will contact you.

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Work Search Reinstatement Paused

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has announced that the return of work search requirements for Unemployment Insurance (UI) in Texas, has been delayed due to the resurgence of COVID-19 cases and will no longer go into effect on July 6th. Work search reinstatement will be evaluated again later in July.

Guidance for Continued Eligibility Due to COVID-19

Each UI benefits case is currently evaluated on an individual basis. However, because of the COVID-19 emergency, the following are reasons benefits would be granted if the individual refused suitable work.

  • At High Risk – People 65 years or older are at a higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19 (Source DSHS website)
  • Household member at high risk – People 65 years or older are at a higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19 (source DSHS website).
  • Diagnosed with COVID - the individual has tested positive for COVID-19 by a source authorized by the State of Texas and is not recovered. 
  • Family member with COVID - anybody in the household has tested positive for COVID-19 by a source authorized by the State of Texas and is not recovered and 14 days have not yet passed.
  • Quarantined – individual is currently in 14-day quarantine due to close contact exposure to COVID-19.
  • Child care – Child’s school or daycare closed and no alternatives are available.

Any other situation will be subject to a case by case review by the Texas Workforce Commission based on individual circumstances.