I was unemployed from Nov. 1 - Jan. 1. I filed for unemployment around November 10. Texas Workforce Commission initially denied my claim. I appealed, and they reversed their decision around mid-December. I was paid unemployment for the period between mid-December and January 1, but I was denied back-dated unemployment for early November through mid-December (TWC's stated reason is that I did not continue to request unemployment on a weekly basis (but I did not do so because I was actively appealing their original (incorrect) opinion)). I had to file another appeal regarding that unpaid time frame, and the appeals committee voted 2-1 against me. I've taken a pay cut to work for a startup before I go back to school to get my MBA, so the $3,200 or so that I'm owed is actually substantial.