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Updated : December 17th, 2020

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State: West Virginia (WV)
Phone Number:CALL: 1-800-379-1032 to file an Unemployment Compensation Claim using the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system. If you have any queries, call 1-800-252-JOBS (5627) or dial 711 for the WV relay line. 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

  1. I filed for WV Unemployment. Deputy Decision…I was approved. 6weeks later. My claim is in hold. My employer finally responded back(giving false) information which has now led me filing appeal after appeal since May 2020. Even tho my employer wrote a Letter stating I was employed that I did not quit…..the Board of Review keeps denying my claim…bc now they say my claim is based on the WHY my appeal was filed late….which I explained showed proof to my best perfection only to be denied again none of this would have happen and no appeals would be filed if my employer didn’t give false info. Please any information that can lead me to help with my claim so I can get my money that i deserve is appreciated

  2. What do you do if your PIN number is not working when Filing a “new/additional Initial Claim” and you can’t get any further. BUT, if you call the 1-800 number it will allow me to use my social and a PIN that I believed was right to give me information ,HELP ASAP

    1. If you tried to use any part of your birthdate or ss # or any other apparent form of identification, the system will kick it out and automatically default to the day you filed your initial claim. They won’t tell you this and I spent hours trying to get a human to speak to (I’m an out of state claimant). Try that.

  3. I worked most of 2018 in WV but my staffing company reported my wages in my home state of Ms which pays only $235 a month. The company is out of PA and uses ADP for payroll. Is this a legal activity?

    1. I was discharged from employment. I was not able to file weekly claims due to pending investigation. I received the deputy’s decision in my favor 3 weeks later which stated the employer failed to prove misconduct and no eligibility issue is known to exist. Will I be able to get paid for the 2 weeks I wasn’t able to file due to the investigation?

      1. Melissa,

        If you had filed, you would have received benefits retrospectively. I am not sure if you can now. Please call the Claims Center for clarity.

  4. 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?

  5. 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. Diana,

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

      1. I was upset and could not receive the unemployment benefit with the low income report after those benefits approved when I had under 80 dollars per week from working sometime and zero income in two months in the winter/spring. I work for the company in 3 years but workforce office worker told me to get the benefit till I found the benefit was zero. That is a lot lies at WV employment office. I never received the benefits in 3 years of every winter/springs after workforce workers lied.

        1. John,

          If you feel you’ve been deceived, please consider “Appealing” the decision by asking for an adjudicator.

  6. 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

  7. 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. Roberta,

      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.

  8. 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?

  9. 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. 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.

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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. 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.

  14. 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. I filed 9 months ago got determination in July still no card no money no human to talk to!! What’s going on I’m loosing everything starving here when need help can’t get it this government sucks!! Didn’t get 1st stimulus check due to child support an may not the next one what people like me suppose to do

      1. Heather,

        I can understand your situation. There will be a delay considering the number of applications that are being processed. Please continue chasing the office/check your status online at regular intervals

  15. 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. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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. 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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