West Virginia Unemployment Benefits

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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 $ 2200 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

YesNo

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: 1-800-379-1032 to file an Unemployment Compensation Claim using the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system. The center is open Monday through Friday, including all holidays except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. The center opens at 6:00 a.m. and closes promptly at 6:00 p.m.

you are not eligible


State Name: West 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: West Virginia (WV)
    Phone Number: 1-800-379-1032 to file an Unemployment Compensation Claim using the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system. The center is open Monday through Friday, including all holidays except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. The center opens at 6:00 a.m. and closes promptly at 6:00 p.m.
    File Online: http://www.wvcommerce.org/business/workforcewv/unemployment_compensation/claimants/default.aspx
    Major Towns: Fairmont, Huntington, Martinsburg, Morgantown, Parkersburg, Weirton, Wheeling, Beckley, and Charleston

    Current Unemploymnet Rate in West Virginia

    West Virginia Unemployment Questions

    How do I file for unemployment benefits?
    Report in person to the nearest unemployment claims office as soon as possible after you lose your job. If you receive a low earnings report from your employer, you may file in person or by mail. If you fail to file promptly, you may lose credit for any weeks you were off work before you do file.

    What do I need to bring with me to file for benefits?
    Bring your social security card and a photo ID (such as your driver’s license) with you to verify your identity. If you are separated from the military, bring your DD Form 214 as well. If you are an immigrant, you must supply documentation of your work status. You will be asked to provide names and complete mailing addresses for all employers for whom you worked during the last 18 months. Be prepared to furnish the dates you worked and the reason you left each employer.

    Is there a waiting period?
    Yes, there is a one-week unpaid waiting period during a claim year. You cannot serve the waiting period before you apply for a claim.

    What wages are used to determine the weekly UC benefit amount?
    Your weekly benefit amount is based on the total covered wages you were paid during your base period. You must have been paid wages of at least $2,200 in covered employment during your base period and paid wages in at least two quarters of your base period to be monetarily eligible to receive UC benefits.

    What is a base period?
    A base period is the time frame we look at to determine whether you have been paid sufficient wages to be eligible for unemployment compensation. It is a 12-month period determined by the beginning date of the new claim. The 12-month period consists of the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters before the starting date of the new claim.

    How long will it take to receive the first payment?
    We estimate that it will take approximately three weeks from the date you file your initial claim to receive a payment.

    How much can I earn and still be eligible to receive UC benefits?
    You may work and earn up to $60 per week and still receive your full weekly benefit amount. Wages of more than $60 are deducted from your weekly benefit amount on a dollar-for-dollar basis. Any amount of wages earned must be reported.


Questions & Answers

  1. darrell baldwin says:

    how do I get insurance. im in WV

  2. Keith M Gaydos says:

    My employer has not paid me or my fellow employees since Oct 3 2013, we are on a 2 week pay period. We were not paid on Oct 17 2013, My employer has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcies protection in the state of Pennsylvania in the mounth of August. Is there anyting we can do other than wait for him to pay us

  3. lawrence s mullins says:

    when my 26 weeks of UI ends from NC in october, I have moved to WV in March 2013, can I receive fed extension? I worked in NC for 28 years and paid into unemployment continuously during those 28 years with no unemployment.

    • Baggie says:

      I am not sure about few facts which you have mentioned but it is important for you to know that irrespective of where you stay now, you can claim benefits from the state where you worked last. In your case it is NC. As you already know, extension is unavailable in NC.

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