West Virginia

West Virginia Extended Unemployment

With a stagnant economy that continues to create very few jobs, it can be difficult for people to find employment. Without any income, it can be hard to have any financial security, which can take a toll on the emotional well-being of you and your family. The purpose of unemployment insurance is to help people replace part of their income while they look for their next work opportunity; however, the economy has been stagnant for so long that some people now need an extension of their West Virginia unemployment benefits.

 If you've been long term unemployed in West Virginia, and believe you may not be able to find a job before your unemployment benefits run out, it's important to talk to your local unemployment office to see if you are eligible for extended unemployment benefits.

In West Virginia, extended unemployment eligibility relies on a number of factors. Regular unemployment benefits last 26 weeks, during which they replace about two-thirds of a worker's lost income. West Virginia, along with the rest of the country, is currently on a system of "tiers", where each tier allows the unemployed a certain number of weeks of extended unemployment benefits, depending on the unemployment rate in the state of West Virginia. Long term unemployment benefits in West Virginia are currently limited to 59 weeks, but legislation is often changing in light of the current job market and unemployment rate, so it's best to contact your local unemployment office to get the latest information.

Offices are located throughout the state, making it convenient to visit the one nearest you. The offices are open 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Fridays. At some offices, an appointment is necessary, but not all, so it's best to call beforehand to minimize your wait time and avoid having to return to the unemployment office on a different day due to your lack of an appointment. Phone numbers for all of the West Virginia unemployment offices can be found here. For general information, call 1-800-252-JOBS. If you would prefer to email the West Virginia unemployment office, their email address is ucproceduresunit@wv.gov.


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