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West Virginia Unemployment Application

When you become totally unemployed, you should report to the claims office that serves your area as soon as possible after you lose your job. Some of these offices offer itinerant service to nearby areas. Itinerant offices are open for a few hours every two weeks.

Here is a copy of the Initial Claims form that must be completed to receive unemployment compensation. This form is for West Virginia residents only filing a new or reopened claim. Claimants that reside outside of West Virginia must file an Interstate Claim.

Things needed for filing a claim

While filing your claim, you will need the following:

  1. You Social Security Number (SSN)
  2. Your Personal Identification Number (PIN)
  3. Employment history – Which includes names and contact details of previous employers and dates of joining and leaving last held job
  4. Reason behind job separation

Claimants are expected to furnish authentic information while filing claims. The state may verify the details you provided with your previous employer. The accuracy of the information you submitted often decides how quickly your claim will be processed.


While preparing to file your initial claim, you will be asked to prepare a 4-digit personal identification number. Ensure that you remember this number as you will need it while filing subsequent claims. Should you forget your pin number, you are requested to contact your local unemployment compensation office at the earliest. You may be expected to visit the office in person and furnish proper identification before you can collect your PIN.

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Read Frequently Asked Questions for Claimants in West Virginia

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Questions & Answers

  1. derrick says:

    I need my pin number.how di i reset it or get the one i have?

  2. khampraseuth chindavong says:

    I need to file for unemployment benefit I try to call hot line no assiastant,who do i call ,my phone number 615/692/4344 my name is khampraseuth chindavong

  3. nick mcvay says:

    i quit my job because I was being asked to do things that could jepordize my cdl license it has been six weeks since I quit and I have not found work yet am I still able to receive unemployment?

  4. MaShawnna says:

    I quit my job because my husband and I moved to another location. It wasn’t feasible for me to keep my job. Can I apply for unemployment?

    • Martin says:

      You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

  5. Regina Sutherland says:

    I have no ride to the location sites. Are there any online ways to fule for unemployment in West Virginia?

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