Use the calculator to estimate your Texas weekly benefit rate amount (WBA) for unemployment benefits. The calculator was last updated in March 2020.
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Instructions and details are included below the calculator. The calculator will auto-update as you enter information.
The calculator is for informational purposes only and cannot file any claim for benefits on your behalf. Furthermore, this calculator is not endorsed by any government agency and cannot guarantee eligibility or benefits.
Update (March 2020): The federal government temporarily increased unemployment benefits by an additional $600 per week per eligible recipient in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This additional amount is available in all US states/jurisdictions, although it may take some time for states to implement this increase. The calculator's estimated weekly benefit amount does not include this additional $600/week payment.
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Texas Weekly Benefit Amount Calculator : Instructions and Explanations
Date Claim Filed
Enter the date that you filed your claim (or will file your claim) for unemployment. The calendar defaults to today's date.
Texas will usually consider your claim effective as of Sunday of the same week that you file. This affects which quarterly earnings are considered as your base period (see below) when calculating your weekly benefit amount (WBA).
Base Period: Calendar Quarters | Wages Earned
Enter your total wage earnings for each of the four calendar quarters listed, which are the first four of the most recent five completed calendar quarters.
The quarter with the highest earnings will then be used to calculate your WBA.
If you were out of work for a long period during your base period because of a medically-verifiable illness, injury, disability, or pregnancy, you may be eligible to use an alternate base period.
Texas Weekly Benefit Amount Calculator: Results
Estimated Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA)
The calculator returns your estimated WBA based on your highest quarterly earnings during the base period.
The maximum WBA is $521 for highest quarterly earnings of $13,025+. The minimum WBA is $69, provided you meet eligibility requirements.
You must have at least two calendar quarters with earnings in order to be eligible for a WBA.
Your total wages earned over the base period must be at least 37x your WBA.
The calculator will return an estimated weekly benefit rate of $0, if it appears that you do not meet the eligibility requirements described above.
In addition, if you qualified for benefits on a prior claim, you must have earned 6x your new WBA since that time.
Your WBA may be reduced by other compensation that you receive and certain mandated payments, such as delinquent child support payments.
Total Maximum Benefit Amount
The calculator indicates your total maximum benefit amount, which is the maximum you can receive for 52 weeks starting with the Sunday of the week that you filed your claim.
Your maximum benefits amount is the lesser of 26x your WBA (equivalent to 26 weeks) or 27% of total wages earned during the base period.
Although the calculator does not take this into account, your maximum benefit amount may be reduced by other payments received as well as other factors.
File a Claim in Texas
The following link will let you start the online process to file a claim for benefits. Unemployment benefits are administered by the Texas Workforce Commission, the state government agency that helps Texan job seekers and workers.