Texas Unemployment

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Unemployment Benefits Compensation

Max Weekly Benefit Amt.


Max Weeks of Benefits


Max Benefit Amount


TWC will use the total wages from the Base Period discussed above to determine your unemployment benefits through the Weekly Benefit Amount and the Maximum Benefit Amount. The potential dollar amount awarded will be sent in the mail after an unemployment claim is filed. To see an estimate on your potential unemployment benefits, you can use the TWC Benefits Estimator. Please note that this is not indicating if you are qualified.  The only way to determine how much you will actually receive is to apply with accurate information.

Calculating Texas Unemployment Benefit Amounts

Determine Your Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA)

The Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA) is the dollar amount of your benefits that will be allotted weekly as long as continuing qualifications are met and no other wages are earned that week. In Texas, the WBA will be dependent on historical wages and will range from $65 to $479. This is calculated by determining the quarter with the highest wages in the base period and dividing it by 25.

Determine Your Maximum Benefit Amount (MBA)

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The Maximum Benefit Amount (MBA) is the total amount of Unemployment Benefits that can be collected during a benefit year while an individual is eligible. The benefit year starts the Sunday of the week that benefits start and will continue for 52 weeks, even after benefits have been exhausted. This is calculated by either taking the WBA and multiplying by 26 or 27 percent of historical wages reported in the base period (whichever is smaller).