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Virginia Unemployment Phone Number

Sometimes you just have to talk to a live person to get answers to your questions. In that case, you can call the VA Unemployment Phone Number: Toll Free: 1-866-832-2363.

Be prepared for long wait times because lots of people are trying to do the same thing that you are. Be patient and you will get through to someone that can help you. Even if it is frustrating to wait so long, please be polite to the person you get connected to.

The staffers on the other line are over-worked and are doing everything they can to help all of the people that are contacting them.

When you call the VA unemployment phone number, make sure that you have the following information:

  • Social security number
  • Dates of employment

A pen or pencil, and paper – to take notes

Questions & Answers

  1. Wendy Grechy says:

    My husband job’s is transferring from Virginia to Michigan, will I be eligible to collect unemployment if I quit my job to relocate with him.

    • Martin says:

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

  2. Natalie says:

    After my boss tried to terminate me and couldn’t because the reason did not exist; she demoted me and cut my salary 30% (I was her assistant). I cannot look for a job with a higher salary that can sustain me being employed full time and under a constant close control. If I resign myself, will I get unemployment?

    • Martin says:

      You can be eligible to apply for UI benefits if you leave due to hostile work environment.

      Please speak to the Unemployment Office in your state for confirmation.

  3. I have a question, my husband gets out of the navy next April and will get a retirement check as a enlisted person, can he still get unemployment benefits if he will be getting a small retirement check he will possibly be out of work? Just trying to think ahead….

    • Martin says:

      He can be eligible if he is looking for employment.

      Please speak to the Unemployment Office in your state since each one frames its own rules in this regard.

  4. Perry Nichols says:

    Received Notice of Exhaustion from VEC. How do I file an extension as I have not found suitable employment

    • Martin says:

      The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  5. Paula Botero says:

    Please someone help. I been calling for the past 3 weeks or so. According to the answering machine it states that I received a check for $366, processed 12-17-15. As of today 1/20/16 I’ve yet to receive this check. Now I am about to do my takes and of course there’s a 1099 for the check I never received. It’s unfair for me to claim that money if k never got it. Who can I call , the number provided is always busy. Please help. Please. Thank you

    • Martin says:


      I hope you’ve received the check by now. It takes a couple of days.

      If you still haven’t received it, please call the claims center.

  6. Charlene says:

    For voluntary severance, is one eligible to receive unemployment benefits after the severance pay ends?

    • Martin says:

      Depends on circumstances you quit under. I am guessing you should be eligible after the severance pay period ends.

      Please check with the authorities by calling them.

  7. Damiyon Bowser says:

    I was laid off for a week without pay and I was full time now my hours has dropped to part time am is it possible I can receive unemployment benefits for this?

  8. Chris says:

    It has been over two weeks since my interview with the deputy for judgment and I have not yet received any notification of judgment. What does this mean?

  9. Lita says:

    I have tried to contact VEC since last week to provide information regarding a claim for 5/11/2013. I have been able to speak with anyone and I was told on my voicemail that today is the last day I have to provide this. Please contact me as soon as possible.

  10. Hannah Shepard says:

    I had a phone interview with my previous employer and the deputy on Tuesday April 23rd. After the interview I was not really told much. I was trying to find out if I am going to be able to get my unemployment and if so, when will they start coming?

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