Apply and Receive Virginia Unemployment

Do you need to receive unemployment benefits? Virginia provides unemployment benefits to those who lose their jobs due to economic problems.

Apply For Unemployment in Virginia: For Virginians only

Each person should file in their own state. Each state has different requirements to receive unemployment compensation. The Virginia application for unemployment is for Virginia residents only.

Apply For Unemployment In Virginia: Standards

A Virginia unemployment application is available from the Virginia Employment Commission ( To be eligible you must have lost your job through no fault of your own. Reasons include:

  • Not working because you were laid off from a job
  • Not working because your employer went bankrupt and/or closed the business
  • Not working because your employer downsized

If you apply for unemployment in Virginia, you must be able to prove that it was for economic reasons and not personal mistakes or misconduct. Occasionally, a firing for personal reasons can be proven to be a layoff or downsizing. Only by appealing to the VEC can you find out for sure.

Virginia Application for Unemployment: Information needed

In order to receive unemployment benefits, you will need to fill out the online application or file over the phone (1-866-832-2363, toll free). You will need this information:

  • Social security number or alien registration number
  • Contact information for the last 18 months of employment
  • Labor Union information (if applicable)

Virginia Application for Unemployment: Slow Downs and Denials

Many who file unemployment apply without gathering all of the information needed. Be sure to have all of your personal information, your employment record and all addresses and phone numbers. Incorrect or missing contact information can slow down your Virginia unemployment application.

Many who file unemployment apply to the wrong state. The VEC website has a link for job seekers to find an unemployment application in their state of residence.

Claim Unemployment Apply Online Or By Phone

New claims can be made at If the process is too difficult or you prefer a person, you may call toll free: 1-866-832-2363. Once your application for Virginia unemployment is approved, you can maintain your benefits by calling weekly: 1-800-897-5630.

The economy is tight and unfortunately your unemployment benefits may not last long enough. If you do not get a job before your benefits run out, you can file for an extension.



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