Just like every state, employees who are temporarily out of job in Texas could collect unemployment insurance. The rules and regulations for eligibility vary in every state. In Texas, there are some basic rules when collecting unemployment benefits. There are three eligibility requirements which include past earnings that meet minimum thresholds, you must be out of work without your own fault and you should be available to work.

The base period for your past earnings is the first four of the five complete calendar quarters before you filed for the compensation. For instance, if you filed a claim in October of 2010, the base period will be from June 1, 2009 to May 31, 2010. If you became unemployed due to pregnancy, disability, injury or illness, you may have insufficient or low earnings during a regular base period for you to qualify for the compensation. If this is the case, you could use an alternate base period that sees at your earning history before you were unable to work.

You must have earned wages in two of the four calendar quarters that makes up your base period and your earnings should be at least 37 times the amount of your weekly unemployment compensation. The weekly benefit amount you earn is the total that you earned in your highest paid quarter which is divided by 25, up to the present maximum of $406.

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