Texas Workforce Commission pauses work search

Today, the Texas Workforce Commission paused the reinstatement of work search requirements for unemployment benefits in Texas effective immediately.

What does this mean for current UI claimants?

Individuals receiving unemployment payments in Texas will not need to enter the number of work searches they completed while requesting payment; they may continue to enter 0 until the Commission moves to reinstate work search requirements.

 Why has the reinstatement of work search requirements been paused?

This action was taken in response to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Texas. From the outset, TWC has stated that bringing back work search would be conditions-based.

When might work search requirements be reinstated?

Work search requirements are federal stipulation to unemployment insurance benefits.  TWC will continue to monitor the situation and make further recommendations in late July.

Please continue to request payments, every two weeks and continuously check your mail and electronic correspondence for updates from TWC.