West Virginia Unemployment Benefits
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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.
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State: West Virginia (WV)|
Maximum Weekly Benefit Amount: $424
Maximum Weeks of benefits: 26
Current Jobless rate: 6.5
|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 QuestionsHow 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.