West Virginia

West Virginia Unemployment Insurance Benefits

As the economy continues to show little to no signs of improvement, it can be a real struggle to find any kind of employment, much less a job that replaces your former income. Without a regular paycheck, it can take a toll on your financial and emotional security. Fortunately, there's help to be found in the form of West Virginia unemployment compensation.

Filing for West Virginia compensation for unemployment is a relatively straightforward process. To file a claim for unemployment, you must report in person to the nearest unemployment claims office. You should do so immediately after losing your job in order to receive your compensation for unemployment as quickly as possible. There are offices located across the state for your convenience, in areas such as Beckley, Charleston, Clarksburg, Elkins, Fairmont, Greenbrier Valley, Huntington, Logan, Martinsburg, Mercer County, Morgantown, Parkersburg, South Branch, Summersville, Weirton, Welch, and Wheeling. In many of these offices, no appointment is necessary, but you should call ahead of time to make sure. To contact unemployment offices in West Virginia, each office has their own phone number, which can be found here on their Office Locations page. For general information on West Virginia claims unemployment, call 1-800-252-JOBS, which is a toll-free number.

Once you've decided which office is most convenient for applying for West Virginia unemployment compensation, you'll need to bring a few things with you. You'll need your Social Security card, a photo identification, such as a driver's license, and the names and contact information of all your employers from the past 18 months. For those who are separated from the military, you'll need your DD Form 214 in order to file an unemployment claim. Immigrants will need to bring documentation of their work status with them.

After you've gone in person to one of West Virginia's claims unemployment offices, and they've determined that you're eligible for unemployment compensation, there is a one-week waiting period, and benefits are usually received approximately three weeks from the initial time of filing a West Virginia claim for unemployment. After your initial filing period, you may file your West Virginia unemployment claim via phone at 1-800-379-1032 or online at wvuc.org. You can also file your weekly claims at an unemployment office, but it's not as convenient as doing it by phone or online, and can lead to a delay in receiving your benefits.

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