Apply for Benefits

Submit an application for unemployment benefits.
For help using the online system, view TWC's Apply for Benefits TutorialPDF.

You Will Need:

  • Last employer's business name and address
  • First and last dates (month, day and year) you worked for your last employer
  • Number of hours worked and pay rate if you worked this week (including Sunday)
  • Information related to your normal wage
  • Alien Registration Number (if not a U.S. citizen or national)

Apply for Benefits

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Request a Payment

If you have an active claim, request a benefits payment.
View a tutorial on how to request payments onlinePDF.
View a tutorial on how to calculate earningsPDF.

You Will Need:

  • Earnings amount for each week (if applicable)
  • Work search activities for each week

Payment Request

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View Claim and Payment Status

If you have applied for Unemployment Benefits, view claim and payment information.
View a tutorial on how to view the status of your claim onlinePDF.

Claim and Payment Status

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View Appeal Status

View your Appeal Status.
View a tutorial on how to check your appeals statusPDF online.

Appeal Status

For help in filing an appeal, see Introduction to the Unemployment Benefits Appeal Process.

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View IRS 1099-G Information

If you received Unemployment Benefits during the previous calendar year, view the total amount TWC paid to you and any amount withheld.
View a tutorial on how to check your IRS 1099-G informationPDF online.

IRS 1099-G Information

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Submit a Work Search Log

If TWC requested your Work Search Log information, submit your work search activities.

You Will Need:

Work Search Log

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Change Payment Option

Change the way that TWC pays your Unemployment Benefits.

For more information about payment options, see:

You Will Need:

  • The nine-digit routing number for your U.S. bank or credit union
  • Your account number
  • Your account type
  • A check, not a deposit slip, for your routing or account number. Contact your bank or credit union if you are unsure about your routing and account numbers.

Payment Option

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Estimate Unemployment Benefits

To estimate possible Unemployment Benefits, provide wage and pay period information.

You Will Need:

  • Wage information for the past five quarters
  • Pay period information for the past five quarters

Benefits Estimator

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