Wage credits – Every state has a different determining factor for wage credit, and most of the time, you will not know for sure what the requirement is unless you apply. If you would like to try to estimate whether or not you will qualify, take your work history into account. If you are 22 years old, for example, and have worked part-time jobs on and off for three months, you may not qualify for any benefits. However, if you are a 22 year old that has worked 40 or more hour weeks at a full-time job for the past seven months, it is likely that you will have received enough wage credits to qualify for unemployment.
Continuing to Search for Employment – It is unacceptable to claim your weeks if you have nothing to report in the realm of a job search. This means you need to provide information on all the companies you have applied to and interviewed at. You will also need to state that you were both available and able
to work during the week that you are claiming. If you have no new companies to report as places you applied to or interviewed at, then you will not be eligible for benefits during that week.
Employer/Employee Separation – Typically, people who are eligible for unemployment have been let go from their job due to no fault of their own. This usually means that they were let go due to a change in the need for their position, or possibly their entire company had to shut down. Whatever the reason may be, as long as you were not fired for misconduct, this should not be an issue. In some cases, even voluntarily leaving your job can still qualify you for benefits. This is on a case-by-case basis, and usually involves a health situation that prevents you from doing your job properly.
If you still have questions regarding unemployment claim requirements in Texas, check out the frequently asked questions page on their website for further information. That web page is located here: https://services.twc.state.tx.us/ .