Unemployment benefit aid amounts depend on a wide range of factors, including past wages and the applicant’s specific base period. An applicant’s base-period includes the first four of the last five quarters worked prior to the start of the applicant’s unemployment insurance claim. Monetary benefit totals, weekly benefit payments and maximum benefit amounts may all be calculated by the applicant. Otherwise, applicants may wait to receive his or her statement from the Texas Workforce Commission. To learn more about how to calculate your unemployment benefits, review the information presented below:

  • Calculating your unemployment benefit total in Texas
  • How to calculate your weekly benefit amount in Texas
  • How to calculate your maximum benefit amount in Texas
  • Details about child support amounts in Texas


Calculating Your Unemployment Benefit Total in Texas

Unemployment insurance benefit amounts may be calculated by using the Texas Workforce Commission’s online Benefits Estimator. The online estimator cannot tell applicants whether they will be eligible to receive unemployment, but it can help to determine estimated wages. However, wages earned may vary if an applicant is earning additional wages. All wages must be reported, and any additional wages may affect benefit amounts.

How to Calculate Your Weekly Benefit Amount in Texas

An applicant’s weekly benefit amount (WBA) is the total benefit payment that the applicant is eligible to receive each week while receiving unemployment benefits. Generally, benefit amounts range between $66 and $493 per week. Applicants can calculate their WBA by calculating the base period quarter with the highest wages and dividing the total by 25.

How to Calculate Your Maximum Benefit Amount in Texas

An applicant may calculate his or her maximum benefit amount (MBA) by multiplying his or her WBA by 26. The MBA is approximately 26 times the WBA, or 27 percent of all wages in the specific base period.

Details About Child Support Amounts in Texas

If an applicant owes court-ordered child support, then the Texas Workforce Commission will reduce an applicant’s weekly payment by up to 50 percent so that the rest of the benefit can be applied to child support payments. The Office of Attorney General will notify the Texas Workforce Commission whenever an unemployment recipient owes child support.