How to apply for unemployment benefits


Daphne shares tips how Texans can apply for unemployment benefits if they have lost their job because of COVID-19 or another reason.

Hello Hays County!

If you have lost your job due to COVID-19 or another reason, you can apply for unemployment benefits online at or call the Texas Workforce Commission Tele-Center at 800-939-6631.

When you apply for benefits, you will need your:

  • • Social Security number
  • • Alien Registration number (if not a U.S. citizen or national)
  • • Last employer’s business name, address, and phone number
  • • First and last dates (month, day, and year) you worked for your last employer
  • • Number of hours you worked and your pay rate if you worked during the week you apply (including Sunday)
  • • Military employment (service) start/end dates and a copy of your DD Form 214(s)(member copy 4 through 8), if you served in the military during the past 18 months.

After completing the online application, choose your payment plan (direct deposit or debit card) and sign up for email updates. Then submit your application and retain the confirmation number.

I am here for you, Hays County!