How to Apply For Unemployment in Virginia

State Unemployment Department

Virginia Employment Commission

How to Apply

Those who wish to claim unemployment benefits in Virginia can do so online and by phone. It is recommended that claimants use the online portal to apply for a new claim, re-open an old claim and complete weekly vouchers. To file a new Virginia unemployment claim by phone, call 1-866-832-2363. To find a unemployment insurance office near you, click here.

Available Benefits

Unemployment insurance weekly benefits for the state of West Virginia range in between $54 per week and $378 per week, with a maximum of 26 benefit weeks per year. In order to be eligible for benefits, a claimant must have earnings of at least $2700 in the highest two base period quarters. To view an earnings table to estimate unemployment insurance benefit amount, click here. The first week of an unemployment claim is a waiting week and is therefore unpaid. After the waiting week, claimants can generally expect to receive their first benefit distribution within two weeks.


Claimants can use the following tool to compute their base period.

Additional Eligibility Information

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