Work search is a federal requirement to receive unemployment benefits. Individuals will continue to receive benefits, but must document their efforts to find new employment, with the first report due to TWC on July 19. Those currently receiving unemployment should keep good records and save work search documentation. Search efforts could be requested by TWC.
There are over 530,000 jobs alone available in Texas on the state’s online jobs portal WorkInTexas.com. As more and more businesses come back online, those numbers should increase.
“The COVID-19 crisis has been difficult for everyone, creating new challenges for workers, employers and their families,” said TWC Executive Director Ed Serna. “Let me be clear: we are not over it. But we’re seeing employment opportunities begin to bounce back in Texas as our economy restarts. There are opportunities out there, and getting Texans back to work and businesses up and running again will create even more.”
Work Search Requirements Explained
The intent of unemployment insurance benefits is not as a replacement for a job. It is a temporary benefit to help workers until they can resume employment. The work search requirement does not mean workers must take the first job available. It means that they must show an active effort to obtain new employment to continue benefits. As long as they do this, their benefits will continue for up to 39 weeks, in accordance with state law and the federal CARES Act.
Furloughed workers with a definite return to work date that is within 12 weeks of the layoff are exempt from work search requirements. Return to work dates beyond 12 weeks can result in the waiver of work search at the discretion of TWC. Self-employed individuals do not need to register on WorkinTexas.com nor complete work search requirements. They do however need to continue taking steps to reopen their business. If they do not plan to reopen their business, they must complete a work registration and seek work.
Job seekers are encourage to visit WorkInTexas.com also for links to education and training opportunities, resume assistance and other resources.