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Dear Friend,

In response to this unprecedented economic and health emergency, the Commonwealth of Virginia has expanded the capacity of its unemployment insurance benefit call centers. Through these call centers, you can file new unemployment insurance claims, file your weekly claims, and more. Scroll down for additional information.


How do I file for unemployment or the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program?


For faster processing, Virginians who have internet access are encouraged to file their unemployment applications online, at the Virginia Workforce Connection website. You can click here to file your initial claim. 

If you are unable to use the Virginia Workforce Connection website, please call Virginia’s unemployment insurance hotline at 1-866-832-2363 to file your initial claim. This hotline is open Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. It is closed on Sundays and state holidays.

How do I file my weekly unemployment insurance claim?

To file your weekly claim, you can visit the Virginia Workforce Connection website. They have a portal, in which you can enter your information and file your claim.

Another option is through the automated weekly unemployment insurance claim hotline at 1-800-897-5630. Please keep in mind that this number is different than the hotline you call to file your initial claim.

My unemployment insurance benefits suddenly got cut off. What happened?

Common reasons for this include your employer contesting your separation or your benefit year ending. Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) may have noticed that a piece of your claim was entered incorrectly on a form. You should call 866-832-2363 for more information.

I would like to change the banking information I initially provided. What should I do?

You should call 800-897-5630 and select “payment options.” Please keep in mind that you will need your PIN to complete this transaction. After finishing the payment options process, VEC can reissue your payment.

Should I report the extra $600 in unemployment insurance benefits on my weekly claim?

No. This does not need to be reported in any subsequent week that you claim benefits.

For additional information, please see our Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program FAQ and unemployment insurance FAQ.

During this trying time, my team and I stand ready to serve our community. For helpful resources to help you and your family navigate through this public health emergency, visit our website. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to our offices via the numbers below.





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