State: Virginia (VA)
Maximum Weekly Benefit Amount: $378
Maximum Weeks of benefits:26
Current Jobless rate:3.8
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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).
Major Towns:Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Arlington, Richmond, Newport News, Alexandria, Hampton, Roanoke, and Portsmouth
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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.