Virginia Unemployment Contact Information
If you live or work in the commonwealth of Virginia and are unemployed, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits. According to the Virginia office of unemployment, the amount you are eligible to receive is based upon wages you earned during the base period.
To begin the process of determining if you are eligible you must either, call a local Virginia office of unemployment, visit their website, or call the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) toll free at 1-866-832-2363.
When calling a Virginia agency for unemployment you will need some information on hand including your previous employer's name, address, and dates of your employment. Have a pen and paper handy when calling the phone number for unemployment to write down important details. You must also prove to the unemployment office that you are not working due to no fault of your own as per Virginia law.
Calling the Virginia phone number to unemployment also gives you the option to have your benefits sent by debit card or via direct bank deposit.
The Virginia department of unemployment requires a one week waiting period which begins as soon as your claim is filed. All eligibility requirements must be met during that week in order to receive credit for that waiting period.
After you have received your first week's benefits, the number for unemployment to call for filing future weekly claims is 1-800-897-5630. You will need to report any earnings or job offers to the Virginia unemployment agency or by calling their unemployment number.
Keep in mind when trying to reach a Virginia unemployment office, those with Social Security numbers ending in odd numbers are asked to call on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays. If your Social Security number ends with an even digit you should call the unemployment agency on a Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday.
The Virginia unemployment department encourages individuals to use their online services rather than calling the phone number to unemployment. Along with filing new claims, the Virginia agency for unemployment offers several online options to take advantage of such as reopening claims, filing weekly claims, filing appeals, and general information regarding the department of unemployment.
Again, for filing new claims, the number for unemployment is 1-866-832-2363 while the Virginia unemployment number for filing weekly claims is 1-800-897-5630.
You may experience busy signals when calling the phone number for unemployment or the unemployment department in Virginia especially early in the week.
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