How to Apply for Unemployment Benefits

Man using scissors to cut paper If you or someone you know has lost a job as a result of COVID-19, you can apply for unemployment benefits online or by phone. Information You’ll Need to Apply According to the Texas Workforce Commission, you will need to have the following information available when you file your online application or speak to an agency representative by telephone:
  • Social Security number or Alien Registration number if you’re not a U.S. citizen
  • The name, address and phone number of the previous business where you worked
  • The dates when you started and ended your employment with your most recent employer. For example:
    • First day of work – Jan. 1, 2016
    • Last day of work – March 20, 2020
  • The number of hours you worked
  • Your pay rate if you worked during the week you apply for benefits (including Sunday)