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Are you physically able to work?

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Are you willing to actively look for a job?

YesNo

Did your employer pay unemployment taxes ("Covered Employment")?

YesNo

Did you earn at least $ 2700 in the base period in

Base period is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters. If you are filing today, base period is Jan 2013 - Mar 2013 to Oct 2013 - Dec 2013

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How did you lose your job?

Quit Fired Laid Off

Did you quit your last job due to unsafe working conditions, not being paid, discrimination and / or health and safety risks?

YesNo

Were you fired for no fault of your own?

YesNo

Were you laid off for no fault of your own?

YesNo

CALL: 1-866-832-2363 for new claims. To file a "weekly claim" by telephone, call toll free 1-800-897-5630. Customers with a social security number ending with an odd number are asked to call on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday. Customers with a social security number ending with an even number are asked to call on Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday. For general questions, call 804-371-8050. For easy access to Virginia Relay (Telecommunications Relay Service) dial "711," or use the toll free access numbers: 800-828-1120 (TTY), or 800-828-1140 (voice).

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State Name: Virginia

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Disclaimer: The estimates are good in faith and accuracy is not guaranteed. We are not liable for any loss and damages caused by using the tools on our website.
Disclaimer: The estimates are given in good faith and accuracy is not guaranteed. We are not liable for loss or damage caused by the tools on our website.

    State: Virginia (VA)
    Phone Number: 1-866-832-2363 for new claims. To file a "weekly claim" by telephone, call toll free 1-800-897-5630. Customers with a social security number ending with an odd number are asked to call on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday. Customers with a social security number ending with an even number are asked to call on Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday. For general questions, call 804-371-8050. For easy access to Virginia Relay (Telecommunications Relay Service) dial "711," or use the toll free access numbers: 800-828-1120 (TTY), or 800-828-1140 (voice).
    File Online: http://www.vec.virginia.gov/
    Major Towns: Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Arlington, Richmond, Newport News, Alexandria, Hampton, Roanoke, and Portsmouth

    Current Unemploymnet Rate in Virginia

    Virginia Unemployment Questions


    Can I receive unemployment benefits if I am out of work under the Family Medical Leave Act?:
    There is no provision in the current unemployment law allowing payment of benefits under the circumstance you describe. The General Assembly must pass a bill that is signed into law by the governor that would allow the payment of benefits under this condition.

    How are my benefits computed?:
    In order to qualify for benefits, you must have earned enough wages in covered employment during the base period. The amount of wages you earned will determine your Weekly Benefit Amount and the maximum number of weeks (12 to 26) to which you will be entitled. You will be issued a Monetary Determination that contains your base period wage information.

    If I am a member of a union, what are my work search requirements?:
    If you are a member of a union that has a local hiring hall and solicits work on your behalf, you may be required to seek work only through the union hiring hall. You need to inform the Workforce Services Specialist of your union affiliation and its services when you file your claim.

    May I use wages earned in other states to establish a claim?:
    Yes. Wages earned in other states can be used to establish a claim in one of two ways: 1. You file a claim against the other state if you have earned enough wages in that state to qualify for benefits. This is called an Interstate Claim; or, 2. You request that the wages earned in other states be transferred to Virginia and “combined” with your Virginia wages to qualify for benefits. Be sure to tell the Workforce Services Specialist if you worked in another state. Only those out-of-state wages that have not been used on a prior claim will transfer to Virginia. Wages earned overseas also may be used if you worked for a U.S. company. The state where the company is headquartered is the state to which the wages are reported.

    Can I file my claim over the telephone?:
    The VEC is establishing Customer Contact Centers through which claims and inquiries will be taken over the telephone. At present this service is available in several localities and will be available statewide in the future. To determine if your locality is included in this service, contact your VEC Workforce Center.

    Why would I be ineligible to receive benefits because of my separation from employment?:
    You will be ineligible, or disqualified, to receive benefits based on your separation if the Deputy finds that you quit your job without good cause, or that you were fired from your job for misconduct in connection with your work.

    Can I go to school or take training courses and still receive unemployment?:
    If you are attending training or going to school you can still receive unemployment benefits. If your training or schooling takes place at evening hours only or only on weekends, than this does not affect your ability to receive a daytime job. As a result this may not be an issue. Contact your Local VEC office to determine if your training or schooling would be a problem.

    What if I’m receiving a pension?:
    Only pensions that you began to receive in the base period affect your unemployment benefits. If the pension you are receiving began before the base period, than it will not affect your claim. If it was in the base period, then it can potentially block your unemployment benefits. Contact your local office to determine if your pension will affect your benefits.

    How much do I need to have earned to qualify?:
    To qualify for benefits, an individual must have earned at least a total of $2,700 in two quarters in the base period.

    How much in benefits do I get and for how long?:
    Your monetary determination will show the Amount and Duration of Benefits you are entitled to based on your base period wages. Your Weekly Benefit Amount is determined by the two quarters with the highest earnings during the base period. Total wages reported during the base period determine your maximum benefit amount. Once your claim is established and reflects all earnings during your base period, the amount you qualify for remains the same for one year and is available to you until your maximum benefit amount or your benefit year is exhausted, whichever comes first. As of 2011 March, weekly benefit amount was $378 and the minimum is $54. Individuals must have earned at least $18,900.01 in two quarters during the base period to qualify for the maximum weekly benefit amount. Benefit duration varies from 12 to 26 weeks, also depending on wages earned in the base period.


Questions & Answers

  1. Mike says:

    I’m attempting to set up a new account, and when I click the “Submit to VEC” button on the Electronic Payment Information screen, I get a new screen that states “We cannot submit your transaction at this time. Please try again later.”
    Any advice? I’m recently unemployed (as of yesterday) and would like to get the process started asap.
    Thanks,

    Mike

  2. Foxtrot Tango says:

    How can I find out if the Virginia based company that I worked for has paid taxes for me in Virginia or the n State in which the job was located in? I do not live in Virginia or in the State where I worked in.

    The Virginia Unemployment Auto Response phone message does cover my question and dose not list a contact number to a live person. The Unemployment website Q&A’s dose not answer my question.

    Thank you for you time and help.

  3. CJ says:

    What happens if I do not file for unemployment for a few weeks?

    • Adrian says:

      Some states will simply not make payments whilst others may assume that you’re working now. Depends on the existing labor laws.

  4. LeonCrump Jr says:

    Win will I get my money How soon

    • Adrian says:

      Please furnish further details or contact the labor dept in your state to get an update on your claim for benefits.

  5. Lena says:

    how do i file for my benifits for this past week if i started a job within that week and attended 13 hours of training for which i will be compensated for in another week?

  6. samuel says:

    i have entered my pin incorrectly twice. Now the systems tells me my ssn is suspended from filing for weekly benefits?

  7. Magalie Charles says:

    I file unemployment since December 22,2013 and was approved. Till this day 1/14/2014 never got a check is this normal. I live in Virginia.

  8. Robert says:

    I have been working for a company currently holding a federal contract in Virginia that was just snagged by another company. If I refuse to sign up with the new contractor company (it would be a 40% paycut), would I still qualify for unemployment bennies? I have been working for the previous contract holding company for over 3 years.

  9. Gregory Johnson says:

    my last day of employment was July or august of 2005, I was eligible to collect employment I did receive two payments before its interrupted. I have worked since august of 2005, can I reopen my last claim?

  10. Francine Lovings says:

    If i enter my email address incorrectly 3 times, will that suspend my acount for filing

  11. Lisa pylant says:

    My husband is qualified to receive benefits , he has $6400 that he can draw how can we determine his payment amount and it’s been 5 weeks and still no payment, all our bill are due and we have 3 kids, what is the hold up on this, he has been job searching but still no pay

  12. Aidan says:

    Can I still collect unemployment if I am collecting payments for roommates share of utilities or rent?

  13. Victoria Mainwaring says:

    I have worked for the state for 13 years in a P-14 capacity. I was asked to resign (which I am contesting) but was wondering if I am eligible to apply for unemployment. I worked different hours week by week but can easily look on payline to get an estimate of what I made last year

  14. Bradford Richardson says:

    I am being medically discharged from the military. My VA benefits are going to be very small, and they do not kick in for over a year. I live in Alexandria Va. Am I eligible for Unemployments?

    • Baggie says:

      Hi Bradford,

      If your disability is nontaxable compensation for injuries sustained while on active duty, you might be entitled to receive both. You are entitled to them if you fit the rules laid out to collect unemployment in Virginia.

  15. Karen Jennings says:

    If I am terminated from a job, am I eligible to pick up unemployment? What are the conditions? Thank you, Karen Jennings

    • Joel says:

      Depending on hours and quarters worked usually within the previous 12-month period. The day after your last day of unemployment, you should file online or in person. Severance pay may affect the start time that you actually start receiving unemployment benefits usually in ratio to your approved weekly benefit rate. Depending on the severance pay amount you got. But file right away, it’s the only way to find out what you are entitled to

  16. pamela says:

    when i filed for uneploment i pit down direct deposit and i got 208.80 in checking account 2day.if they pay u does that mean u are approved for it or not?

  17. Chuck Schafer says:

    If I’m laid off and receive a severance payment equal to 6 weeks of my pay, how does that affect my unemployment benefits? Do I have to wait 6 weeks before filing for unemployment?

    • Joel says:

      The day after your last day of unemployment, you should file online or in person. Severance pay may affect the start time that you actually start receiving unemployment benefits usually in ratio to your approved weekly benefit rate. Depending on the severance pay amount you got. But file right away, it’s the only way to find out what you are entitled to

  18. mark says:

    1) what is the maximum number of weeks beyond the 26 weeks for unemployment insurance in Virginia?

    2)If I can get part time work will those wages be subtracted from my weekly benefit?

    • Joel says:

      The day after your last day of unemployment, you should file online or in person. Severance pay may affect the start time that you actually start receiving unemployment benefits usually in ratio to your approved weekly benefit rate. Depending on the severance pay amount you got. But file right away, it’s the only way to find out what you are entitled to.

  19. susan says:

    Are there a certain amount of hours worked to be able to claim unemployment?

    • Lee says:

      I was self employed for 34 years. My company closed in April of 2012. I have been living on savings which will be gone in a month. Do I qualify for unemployment benefits?

  20. sharyn serotkin says:

    My son lives in Roanoke, he will be moving to Pa, which state does he file claim. He lived and worked in roanoke for over 20 yrs

  21. prince says:

    while i am on unemployment,can the state assist me in futhering my education with grants?

    • neha says:

      In tough economic times, those with degrees tend to retain more secure employment. They are also likely to find work faster in case of job loss when compared to those without education. The cost of education is one of the primary reasons that people miss out on opportunity. Luckily there are various grants obtainable to help low-income and unemployed people pursue their educations and get ahead in their careers.

  22. Wade says:

    I was recently layed off from my sales job from a company based out of Massachusetts but the entire time I worked for them I was living in Virginia. Based on that which state would I file unjemployment in?

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