To apply for unemployment benefits in the state of Texas, you can file either online or by calling the state Tele-Center (1-800-558-8321). Whatever method you choose, here's what you need to get started:
  • Access to the internet or a telephone
  • Social Security number
  • Military employment start/end dates and copy of DD-214(s), if you served in the military in the past 18 months
  • 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 (including Sunday), if you worked the week you apply
  • Alien registration number (if not a U.S. citizen or national)
Click on the link below to go directly to the Texas Workforce Commission website to file for unemployment insurance benefits: