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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.
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

29 thoughts on “West Virginia Unemployment Benefits”

  1. Kim says:

    I need a copy of my 2016 unemployment 1099 form, and I have been told since not in the current year that is not available. Is this correct?

    1. Sam says:


      You should still be able to get access to it. Please call the Claims Center on the phone numbers provided.

  2. diana goodwin says:

    I left my job and moved to another area in WV. Will I be eligible for unemployment? It is difficult to find a job in the area I moved to

    1. Sam says:


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

  3. rtc says:

    What is Workforce WV fed id for tax filing?

    1. Sam says:

      Please call the Unemployment Office for specific details.

  4. James says:

    I was laid off on the 15th of November filed for unemployment, waiting my one week waiting period, told after I received my first check that I would have to open a new claim again, now I have to wait another week? How is that possible. here it is the 5th and I have to wait again? so it will be 2 checks in 4-5 weeks, no wonder people cant make it and get upset, we pay into this when we work and they want to act like we don’t deserve it

    1. Sam says:


      If there is a delay, please chase the Claims Center at regular intervals for an update on payment status.

  5. Roberta Loos says:

    To add insult to injury this family is devastated. My side of the story is not heard. Have received numerous acculates on this job for numerous reasons, customer appreciation, attendance, never missed work, employee of the year, scores with secret shopper-excellent. Why can’t this state do their job, investigate the problem, I am not it, sorry to be a lifetime resident of the state. Shame its come to this.To let an employer get away with this and the state to make a final decision is just enough to make me puke!My phone # is 304-277-4559, if anyone cares…

    1. Sam says:


      I can understand what you’re going through. If you think you were denied UI benefits wrongfully, please file an “Appeal”. You can find details regarding the adjudication process on the website of the Unemployment Office.

  6. Roberta Loos says:

    I worked 37 years for Wheeling Downs, was terminated for unjust cause, whether or not for this state to deny my unemployment is just unfair. What am I suppposed to do? Its a shame Delaware North denies my claim and the state of WV does not overturn this action. My benefit should have been accepted. Delaware North which is one of the top ten worst employers to work for. Really?

  7. Allisynne says:

    Due to a loss of grant funding, I have been given the option of working half time through the end of April, or being laid off on April 1 and collecting unemployment. I have two questions: If I opt for half time (at half the pay) for one month, will it negatively affect my future unemployment rate? If I opt to work half time, will I be eligible to collect low earnings compensation from unemployment?

    1. Sam says:

      Answers to your questions as below.

      1) Since it will be considered as income, it may reduce your unemployment compensation by a bit.
      2) You should still be eligible to collect since it was involuntary.

      I suggest that you speak to the Unemployment Office for further clarification.

  8. Sarah says:

    I was recently relieved of my duties because my supervisor claimed she didn’t tell me to hold a mailing and I didn’t mail it out in a timely manner. It was investaged and I was relieved of my duties. Would I be eligible for unemployment?

    1. Martin says:

      If it was your fault, you will not be eligible. If you were terminated wrongfully, you can apply and claim Unemployment benefits.

  9. Dee says:

    I am a employer who has a employee that has applied for unemployment. He was fired because he was drunk on the job, can he still receive unemployment.

    1. Martin says:

      If the employee was fired due to being “Drunk on the job”, he/she will not be eligible to receive Unemployment Compensation.

  10. Donna says:

    If back pay is receive via grievance outcome, does the unemployment received while off to be paid back, or does the payment to unemployment through payroll take care of this.

    1. Martin says:

      Please contact the labor authorities in your state for further information.

  11. Wayne Lewis says:

    I am planning on retiring in 2018. If my Texas employer forces me to retire before then can I still file for unemployment even if I am receiving my retirement?

    1. Martin says:

      You should be eligible, provided you are able and available for work.

      The claimant must be actively looking for jobs to ensure continuity in benefits.

  12. Karen says:

    My husband’s company has been after him as to when he was going to retire. He told them he wanted to wait until 1st of March 2016 so he could get his full retirement benefits come February. They have hired someone to replace him and now looks like he will be out of a job the middle of October. Can he received unemployement or will he have to take his retirement before his full benefits come into play?

    1. Martin says:

      If he is laid off before retirement and continues to look for jobs, he can receive unemployment compensation.

  13. shelly mullenax says:

    I was working 40hrs a week got into car wreck was unable to work for little while Dr. released me to go back the place I was working told me I had to be fill in now now can I draw

    1. Adrian says:

      If you left the job for medical reasons, you will not qualify for UI.

      Please check further with the labor authorities in your state and file accordingly.

  14. darrell baldwin says:

    how do I get insurance. im in WV

  15. 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

  16. 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.

    1. 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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