The Texas Workforce Commission, under orders from Gov. Greg Abbott, on Wednesday temporarily waived a weeklong waiting requirement for unemployment benefits.

Additionally, the commission will forgo previously required work search requirements under the governor’s declaration of a statewide disaster, making it quicker for those unemployed because of business closures to qualify for benefits, according to the commission.

To apply for unemployment benefits, applicants will need:

• Last employer’s business name and address

• First and last dates (month, day and year) you worked for your last employer

• Number of hours worked and pay rate if you worked this week (including Sunday)

• Information related to your normal wage

• Alien Registration Number (if not a U.S. citizen or national)

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Kathryn Eastburn: 409-683-5257;

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(2) comments

Bailey Jones

Good for the governor. If there has ever been a time when losing your job wasn't your fault, this is it.

Marc Edelman

Now people who are not entitled to unemployment insurance will be filing for the free money. I hope they are not charging the employers for the loss without due process.

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