Apply for unemployment benefits online or by calling 800-939-6631. Don’t wait! Apply as soon as you are laid off because your claim begins the week you complete the application.
Payment for your first week of unemployment eligibility is held back (per Texas law). This means your first benefit deposit will only be for one week instead of two. Be sure to still claim your first week so you get credit for it though! After your next biweekly benefit payment, TWC will release payment to you for that first "waiting week."