Texas residents who are receiving unemployment benefits must accurately record job search activities each week. To be eligible to receive ongoing unemployment insurance benefits, applicants must register for work in the state that he or she lives in and actively search for new employment. Unemployment applicants must also apply for and accept appropriate job offers. Additionally, applicants must be physically and mentally able to return to work. To learn more about keeping track of Texas job searching activities while receiving unemployment, review the sections below:

  • Exemption of work search requirements in Texas
  • Ongoing eligibility requirements in Texas
  • How to document job search activities in Texas

Exemption of Work Search Requirements in Texas

Unemployment insurance recipients who are exempt from reporting work search requirements will be notified by the Texas Workforce Commission after applying for benefits. To become exempt from reporting work search activities, unemployment applicants must:

  • Be temporarily laid off from work with a set return date
  • Be an active member of a union with a non-discriminatory hiring hall
  • Be in a Texas Workforce Commission training program that automatically includes a Texas work search exemption
  • Be involved in Trade Act training
  • Be involved in a Shared-Work program

Ongoing Eligibility Requirements in Texas

Unemployment applicants who are not exempt from reporting job search requirements must actively search and register for new employment each week. Each unemployment applicant will receive a letter that states his or her minimum number of work search activities that must be completed each week. To keep unemployment benefits, applicants must meet and report his or her minimum number of requirements each week.

How to Document Job Search Activities in Texas

The Texas Workforce Commission may verify an applicant’s job search activities at any given time, so applicants must keep their job search activities updated and readily available. Applicants should keep track of job search activities for the entire benefit year.

Applicants may download the Work Search Log provided by the Texas Workforce Commission, or a personal work log may be created. However, the log must include the same information as the one provided by the Texas Workforce Commission. For example, each log must clearly include the following information:

  • Date of the completed work search
  • The type of work search performed (for example if an application was submitted online, or if the applicant attended a job interview, job fair or seminar, etc.)
  • The job title the applicant applied for
  • The employer’s name, phone number and address
  • The name of the person that the applicant contacted (with contact information, if known)
  • The result of the job search activity (such as submitted a new job application, was hired, was not hired, etc.)

Each work log should clearly note detailed job search activities. Unemployment benefit applicants may risk losing unemployment benefits if job search activities are not properly recorded. Each log should include as much information as possible. To make the job search log process easy, record information after submitting each individual job application and every time a response is received.