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West Virginia Unemployment Benefit Questions

I live in another state but I have worked in WV within the last 18 months. How do I file a claim for unemployment benefits in WV?

Calls can be made to the toll free Claims Assistance number Monday – Friday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Claims can also be filed via the Internet, visit for more details.

What do I need to file my Interstate claim by telephone or internet?

  1. Social Security Number
  2. History of previous employment
  3. Personal Identification Number
  4. Contact address and telephone number (self)
  5. Reason behind separation from previous job

Are severance pay, retirement benefits or wages in lieu of notice considered as deductible income?

Severance pay or wages in lieu of notice are not considered as deductible income. However retirement benefits are considered as deductible income if they are provided from a fund funded by a base period employer or a chargeable employer.

How long does it take to receive first payment?

Benefit checks start arriving approximately 3 weeks after the initial claim was filed.

  1. I work for a company that has announced closure of our facility this year. There is a severance package that I will receive when the plant closes. Am I eligible for unemployment benefits while receiving severance from my company?

  2. I am a full time employee , work has been reduced to 2 or 3 days a week. Can I draw low earning.

    • Sylvia,

      Please consider applying for partial UI benefits until full hours are restored. You should be eligible.

  3. I was working full time and making a $14.99 per hour.
    Do I have to accept a part time job making less than I was receiving when I was employed.

    • Hida,

      You’re required to accept “suitable” job. Please call the Claims Center for specific assistance in this regard.

  4. I work for a small business and am paid hourly. About four times a year, my employer takes vacation for a week at a time and I am not paid for the time he is off and I do not work. Am I entitled to low earnings pay?

    • Theresa,

      Temporary and contract jobs are generally not eligible since employers’ don’t pay taxes into the system. Please check with your employer if they do.

  5. My husband works for an international company, we have our home in WV where we reside, he does when not on travel. If his job ends does he qualifie for unemployment in WV?

    • Charlene,

      If he is on the rolls of the company, his employer pays unemployment taxes into the system, your husband can claim if he loses his job due to involuntary reason.

    • Betty,

      Please apply from the state where your employment was based. Your employer would have remitted taxes into your state of employment.

  6. I will be 66 next month and had planned to apply for SS and continue to work. It is very likely that I am going to be laid off due to lack of work. How will SS Benefits impact my unemployment benefits. I should meet all requirements of Unemployment eligibility.

    • Your age and SS will certainly have an impact when you apply for UI.

      Please call the Unemployment Office to inquire further.

  7. I was working full time for a cleaning company was in car accident had Dr slips for being off work well when released the had no work for me so I am still waiting for them to call me it’s been over year can I claim

    • You will not be eligible to claim since one needs to have earnings in the last 4-5 calendar quarters.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state.

  8. I work for a home care company and a client that I took care of for 3.5 years has passed away. The company I work for will try to find a new client or situaion for me to work. However there could be a long interval before this happens. Would I be eligible for short term compensation during this time ?

    • You can be eligible to claim under such situations.

      Please check with your employer to confirm if they remit Unemployment Taxes and make a decision accordingly.

  9. My question , is started a job, full time . Will not get paid for a month due to holding two weeks pay .. Will I be able to still file on my claim since I’m not getting paid during this time

    • Since you’ve just got into employment, you may not be eligible to claim further.

      Please call the Claims Center to confirm.

  10. the place where I’m working is going out of business and the company offered me another position at a lower rate in a different location will I get unemployment if I don’t take it their offer?

    • Unemployment Insurance benefits are only extended to those who lose their job due to involuntary reasons.

  11. I quit do to my wife needing help with her medical issues it says that I am eligible but disqualified what does that mean

  12. I was disqualified from benefits until Dec.5th. Will a week still be held out before I start receiving my benefits?

  13. I am employed as a mechanic for 40 Years only getting paid on flat rate. The company went into a buy out causing my income to drop thousands a month. Can i get partial unemployment until things return to normal.

    • You will only qualify if your employer is paying unemployment taxes on your behalf.

      Please check with your employer and apply accordingly.

  14. can receive partial unemployment benefits…I recently was notified that my job of 8 years will be terminated on December 31st. This was my main job, I am also working part time for appx 12 hrs per week.
    Am I able to claim partial unemployment benefits

  15. If a person wins a grievance and receives back pay paid through payroll does the unemployment $received have to be paid back, or does the payroll deductions/payment take care if this.

  16. Today my doctor told me no more working ever.Gave me a paper to begin the process of filing dissabillity.But, what am I supposed to do in the mean time? Is there unemployment for this??
    Ive worked my whole life and now am not able.My claim can take years.Can I file unemployment of some type??

    • You will not be able to claim unemployment benefits.

      If the ailment is work related, please look for benefits under the Workers Compensation scheme.

  17. I have recently moved from Columbus, Ohio and have moved back to West Virginia and I need to know how to claim unemployment benefits from Ohio even though I have moved back to West Virginia.

  18. do you have to wait until your severance pay is gone before you are eligible for benefits? I was employed in Maryland but live in west Virginia. Do I have to go to Maryland to apply or to the west Virginia office?

    • Yes,you have to wait until the severance pay is complete.

      Please apply from Maryland.In most states,the claim can be filed online.

  19. I am 67 years old but have been working full time until July 8th. I am receiving my SS Benefits. Am I eligibile for unemployment?

    • SS benefits might lead to some reduction in the unemployment benefit amount. You can qualify if you are willing to look for work and have sufficient credits.

  20. I recently missed a class due to my fathers death and they stopped my benifits. Since the. I have attended the class and they have not turned my benefits bak on yet would like to know y. I have always complied with all rules

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