West Virginia Unemployment Benefits
The West Virginia Unemployment Insurance (UI) program offers temporary financial assistance to those who have lost their job through no fault of their own. On this page, we will tell you all about unemployment benefits in West Virginia, including the eligibility requirements, application process, and overpayments.
Eligibility To Apply For UI Benefits In West Virginia
You must meet monetary and job separation requirements to receive unemployment benefits in West Virginia.
You must have earned $2,200 gross wages in your entire base period and have paid wages in two or more quarters of your base period to monetarily qualify for West Virginia unemployment benefits.
Base Period: In West Virginia, the base period is the first four of the five complete calendar quarters before the start date of your unemployment claim. If you don’t have sufficient wages in the regular base period, the Workforce will consider your wages in the alternate base period.
Alternate Base Period: It is the last four completed calendar quarters preceding the first day of your benefit year.
Another critical eligibility requirement for qualifying for Unemployment Insurance in West Virginia is the reason for separation from the previous employer. You can qualify for unemployment benefits only if you have lost your job through no fault of your own.
But under certain circumstances, you may qualify for unemployment benefits if you quit your job, provided the reason for quit is any of the following:
- You quit your job because of dangerous working conditions
- You quit your job due to the domestic violence
- You had a medical condition and were unable to work
- You quit the job due to the harassment by your employer, or the employer was unable to stop harassment by a coworker
Note: The Workforce West Virginia may contact your employer to determine the actual reason for your job separation. If the Workforce figures out that the reason you gave was incorrect or misleading, it will disqualify you from receiving benefits. Therefore, give the exact reason for your job separation to the Workforce.
You should maintain your eligibility throughout your benefit period. You can maintain eligibility in the following ways:
- Claim benefits at a local unemployment office
- Register for work with the Job Service Office
- Participate in profiling and reemployment services
- Actively looking for a suitable job
- Serve a waiting period (one week) during your benefit year
- Be able to work and available for full-time work
- Have earned gross wages that are less than your weekly unemployment benefit amount plus $60 during the week for which you file a claim
How To Apply For UI Benefits in West Virginia?
To apply for West Virginia unemployment benefits, you need the following documents:
You can apply for unemployment benefits in West Virginia through any of the following methods:
You can apply for unemployment benefits online. Visit uc.workforcewv.org and select “To file a new or additional initial unemployment claim” to file a claim online.
Mail Or In-Person
If your employer gives you a low earnings report, you may file the form in-person or by mailing it to your nearest unemployment claims office or in-person.Visit https://uc.workforcewv.org/Contact.aspx to find the local offices.
You can also apply for West Virginia unemployment benefits by calling 1-800-379-1032.
Note: You can call 1-800-252-JOBS (5627) or dial 711 for the WV relay line to talk to representatives and clear your queries. The center remains open Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
How To File Weekly Claims
You can file your weekly unemployment claim certification either online by visiting https://uc.workforcewv.org/Consumer/Login.aspx?app=cc or by calling 1-800-379-1032.
- You must certify your answers before submitting your weekly certification, as you cannot change them once you apply.
- File weekly claim certification between Sunday at 12:01 a.m. and Friday at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Delay in filing the certification can result in loss of unemployment benefits for that week.
UI Benefits Amount
The UI benefits amount depends on your base period. The West Virginia minimum weekly benefit amount is $24, and the maximum benefit amount is $424.
Use the benefits calculator to determine your estimated weekly unemployment benefit amount.
Things To Know After Filing An Application
There are several aspects that you must know after filing for unemployment benefits.
Overpayment And Fraud
Sometimes, you may receive benefits more than what you are entitled to. Overpayments can occur due to various reasons, including an administrative error, a hearing officer reversing a previous award, or you were later found to be unemployed through your fault and were disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits.
If you receive an overpayment through no fault of your own, you will be required to repay the overpaid unemployment benefits. You can repay the overpayments either through the mail or check. If you are unable to do so, contact Workforce West Virginia.
Fraud/ Willful Misrepresentation
If you receive overpayments due to false statements or misrepresentation intentionally, you will be punished by a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000, or be jailed, or both. You may also be disqualified from receiving benefits for some weeks, pay a 20% penalty on overpaid amounts, and may face criminal charges.
Normally, the state of West Virginia provides benefits for up to 26 weeks. However, if the unemployment rate is too high, it may provide extended benefits. Visit Workforce West Virginia to know more about the benefits extension programs.
Job Training Assistance
The West Virginia workforce offers development services to help you find a job or acquire new skills. The local offices throughout the state offer one-on-one assistance and a database of jobs to help you screen employment opportunities online. The state’s career services can help you conduct a job search, prepare a cover letter and resume, and improve interview skills.