The same as other states, workers who are out of work in Texas might avail of unemployment benefits. The standards and regulations for qualification vary in each state. In Texas, there are some basic requirements to qualify. There are eligibility requirements including your past earnings that meet minimum requirements, you should be actively looking for work and physically able to work anytime.

The base period for past earnings is the first four of five complete calendar quarters before filing for the benefits. For example, if you filed for a claim in October of 2010, the base period would be from June 1, 2009 to May 31, 2010. If you became unemployed because of disability, injury, pregnancy or sickness, you may have insufficient or low earnings during your regular base period for you to qualify for the benefits. If this is so, then you could use another, base period that looks at your earning history before you were not able to work.

You must have earned wages in two of the four schedule quarters that makes up your base period and your wages ought to be at any rate 37 times the amount of benefits you receive every week as your unemployment compensation. Your weekly benefits amount you get is the total you earned in the highest paid quarter, divided by 25, up to the current $406 maximum.

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