Virginia Unemployment Insurance Benefits Guide

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In this article, we will make Unemployment Insurance Benefits easy to understand with Virginia Unemployment phone numbers and other contact information.

We understand.

The experience of unemployment is often fraught with anxiety and feelings of worthlessness. Not being able to provide for oneself and one’s family can be very difficult, and the stress of the situation can be overwhelming. 

Those who are unemployed may feel like they are a burden to their loved ones, and they may feel like they are not good enough or valuable enough. It is important to remember that you are not alone in this experience, and there are people who care about you and want to help. 

You are valuable, even if you are not working at the moment. There are many resources available to you, so please do not hesitate to reach out for help.

Why did we create the Virginia Unemployment Insurance Benefits Guide?

Government websites can be difficult to navigate for a lot of people. They may be confusing or hard to use, and they may not have all the information people need. This can be frustrating and overwhelming, especially for people who are already struggling. 

Having said that, please use our guide as support but NOT the official guide. You will NEED to contact the official unemployment government staff and fight for your own benefits. You can do this.

Who’s in charge of Virginia Unemployment Insurance Benefits?

The Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) is in charge of administering the state’s unemployment insurance program. 

VEC is to promote economic growth and stability by delivering and coordinating workforce services to include:

  • Policy development
  • Job Placement
  • Temporary income support
  • Workforce information
  • Transition and training services

Virginia Unemployment Contact 

Customer Self-Service

  • File a claim using the IVR: 1-866-832-2363
  • File a  weekly claim: 1-800-897-5630
  • For TTY Callers: Virginia Relay, Call 711
  • Hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Monday through Friday)
  • Closed: Saturday, Sunday 

VEC Central Office

  • Phone: 866-832-2363
  • Address (8:15am to 4:30pm, Monday – Friday. Closed state holidays.)
    • 6606 West Broad St. 
    • Richmond, 23230 
  • Mailing Address:
    • P.O. Box 26441 Richmond, VA
    • 23261-6441

How To Qualify for Virginia Unemployment Benefits

In order to be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits in Virginia, a claimant must fulfill the following requirements:

  • You are a Virginia resident.
  • You have worked in covered employment for at least two-quarters of the base period and earned at least $3,000 during that time.
  • You are let go by an employer for no fault of your own – this generally entails a reduction in force or layoffs. The Commission will evaluate whether the employee resigned for good reason if he did so freely.
  • You are the worker reporting on actions linked to a job search – you may be asked to present proof of your job search efforts as well as a minimum number of outreach attempts for appropriate work in some situations.

How Much Unemployment Benefits Will I Get in Virginia? 

  • Base Period: First 4 of the last 5 completed quarters
  • Alt Base Period: Last 4 completed quarters
  • Duration of Benefits: 12-26 weeks
  • Weekly Payment: Min $60 to Max $378
  • Maximum Benefits Amount (1 year): $9,828

How Do I Apply for Virginia Unemployment Benefits?

Virginians who are unemployed can file their initial claims online or by calling 1-866-832-2363. Because the phone center is extremely busy, applicants are recommended to submit their UI compensation applications online. If you try to file a claim over the phone, you may encounter an incredibly long wait.

You will have the option to register for employment when you make your initial claim, which may help you get your job search ahead more swiftly. In order to continue receiving your weekly UI payments, the Virginia Employment Commission mandates that you actively seek work.

How do I Manage My Virginia Unemployment Benefits

You must continue to file weekly unemployment insurance claims while receiving benefits. This stage guarantees that you are actively seeking for job while still maintaining your eligibility for assistance. 

You can use the Commission’s online web site to submit your weekly claim, or you can contact 1-800-897-5630 to certify by phone. 

Unemployed employees are encouraged to file claims using the internet site.

How Do I Appeal a Virginia Unemployment Decision?

You have the right to appeal if you are refused unemployment benefits in Virginia. You only have a limited amount of time to pursue an appeal, so request a hearing as soon as feasible. 

You can do it in a variety of ways, including:

  • In person — at the VEC local office where you submitted your initial jobless claim. All local offices have appeal forms, and appeals brought by courier are treated as in-person submissions.
  • By mail, write to the Clerk of the Commission, P.O. Box 26441, Richmond, VA 23261-6441.
  • By fax: FLA 804-786-8492 (Clerk of the Commission).
  • The Virginia Internet Appeals website is where you may file your appeal.

You will be able to determine whether your original decision was correct once your appeal has been submitted.

How Do I Report a Virginia Unemployment Fraud?

The Virginia Employment Commission asks for the assistance of all unemployment insurance benefits recipients in reporting individuals or employers suspected of fraud and unemployment insurance system abuse. Doing so helps ensure that Virginia tax dollars are used effectively to help support the eligible individuals in need. You can report suspected fraud via any of the methods listed below:


Mail: Virginia Employment Commission

Attention: Benefit Payment Control

Post Office Box 27887

Richmond, VA 23261-7887

Fax: 804-692-0580

Fraud Hotline: 800-782-4001

Be sure to include as much information as you can to help document and support the allegation.

What if I quit?

In general, you are not eligible if you leave your work freely.

If you quit for “good cause,” though, you may be able to collect. The state unemployment office determines what constitutes good reason, and you can make your case for getting benefits.

You should be entitled to a hearing if your claim is denied so that you can explain your claim. You should contact your local office because regulations and conditions differ from state to state.

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Virginia Unemployment Phone Number and Office Locations

Virginia Unemployment  OfficeVirginia Unemployment Office LocationsVirginia Unemployment Phone Number
Virginia Unemployment Office Abingdon Center1217 West Main StreetAbingdon, VA 24210276-623-9000
Virginia Unemployment Office Alexandria1900 North Beauregard StreetSuite 300Alexandria, VA 22311703-746-5940
Virginia Unemployment Office Cherokee Avenue Center5520 Cherokee Avenue Suite 100Alexandria, VA 22312-2319703-813-1300
Virginia Unemployment Office Fairfax Alexandria Center8350 Richmond Highway Suite 327Alexandria, VA 22309703-704-6286
Virginia Unemployment Office Fairfax Annandale Center7611 Little River TurnpikeHeritage West, Suite 300WAnnandale, VA 22003703-533-5400
Arlington Employment Center2100 Washington Blvd First FloorArlington, VA 22204703-228-1400
Virginia Unemployment Office Bristol Center200 Bob Morrision BlvdBristol, VA 24201276-642-7350
Virginia Unemployment Office Charlottesville Center944 Glenwood Station LaneSuite 103Charlottesville, VA 22901434-529-6828
Virginia Unemployment Office Covington Center106 North Maple AvenueCovington, VA 24426540-962-0983
Virginia Unemployment Office Culpeper Center210 E. Stevens St. Suite 200Culpeper, VA 22701540-212-4570
Virginia Unemployment Office Danville211 Nor Dan Drive Suite 1055Danville, VA 24540434-549-8220
Virginia Unemployment Office Duffield Center225 Boone Trail RoadDuffield, VA 24244276-431-3594
Virginia Unemployment Office Emporia Center1300 Greensville County CircleSuite CEmporia, VA 23847434-634-2326
Virginia Unemployment Office Franklin Center100 North College Drive Room 222Franklin, VA 23851757-569-6071
Virginia Unemployment Office Fredericksburg Center10304 Spotsylvania AvenueSuite 100Fredericksburg, VA 22408540-322-5757
Virginia Unemployment Office Galax Center1117 E Stuart Dr #2 Suite 167Galax, VA 24333276-236-5105
Virginia Unemployment Office Grundy Center1039 Plaza Drive Suite DGrundy, VA 24614276-244-1154
Virginia Unemployment Office Hampton Center600 Butler Farm Road Suite CHampton, VA 23666-1513757-766-4900
Virginia Unemployment Office Harrisonburg Center160 North Mason StHarrisonburg, VA 22802540-433-4864
Virginia Unemployment Office Haysi Center23850 Dickenson HighwayHaysi, VA 24256276-865-7157
Virginia Unemployment Office Henrico121 Cedar Fork RdHenrico, VA 23223804-952-6116
Virginia Unemployment Office Jonesville Center33701 Main StreetJonesville, VA 24263276-346-9017
Virginia Workforce Center Keysville Center200 Daniel RoadKeysville, VA 23947434-736-2035
Virginia Unemployment Office Lebanon Center1768 East Main StreetLebanon, VA 24266276-883-5506
Virginia Unemployment Office Loudoun Center102 Heritage Way, North EastPO Box 7400Leesburg, VA 20176703-777-0150
Virginia Unemployment Office Lynchburg Center3125 Odd Fellows RdLynchburg, VA 24501434-455-5940
Virginia Unemployment Office Martinsville233 W Commonwealth BlvdMartinsville, VA 24112276-634-3600
Virginia Unemployment Office Chesterfield304 Turner Road Suite NNChesterfield, VA 23225804-652-3490
Virginia Unemployment Office Narrows Center211 Main Street Suite 101Narrows, VA 24124540-726-8201
Virginia Unemployment Office Norfolk Center861 Glenrock RoadEast Building, Suite 100Norfolk, VA 23502757-629-4710
Virginia Unemployment Office Norton1725 Park Ave SWNorton, VA 24273276-679-9413
Virginia Unemployment Office Eastern Shore Center25036 Lankford Highway Unit 16Onley, VA 23418757-302-2029
Virginia Unemployment Office Orange Center127 Belleview AvenueOrange, VA 22960540-661-3419
Virginia Unemployment Office Petersburg Center22 W. Washington St.Petersburg, VA 23803804-862-6155
Virginia Unemployment Office Portsmouth Center4824 George Washington HighwayPortsmouth, VA 23702757-558-4455
Virginia Unemployment Office Pulaski Center246 N. Washington Ave. Suite DPulaski, VA 24301540-980-1323
Virginia Unemployment Office Radford Center6226 University Park DriveSuite 1300Radford, VA 24141-4767540-831-5980
Virginia Unemployment Office Fairfax Reston Center11484 Washington Plaza WestSuite 110Reston, VA 20190703-787-4974
Virginia Unemployment Office Richlands Center501 Railroad AvenueRichlands, VA 24641276-963-2660
Virginia Unemployment Office Richmond4914 Radford Avenue Suite 101Richmond, VA 23230804.652.3240
Virginia Unemployment Office Roanoke Center3601 Thirlane Road NW Suite 2Roanoke, VA 24019540-613-8220
Virginia Unemployment Office Franklin Center50 Claiborne AvenueRocky Mount, VA 24151540-483-0179
Virginia Unemployment Office South Boston2506 Houghton AvenueSouth Boston, VA 24592434-572-4472
Virginia Unemployment Office Lake Country Center111 East Danville StreetSouth Hill, VA 23970434-955-2252
Virginia Unemployment Office ST. Charles Center190 Monarch StreetSt. Charles, VA 24282276-365-4546
Virginia Unemployment Office Fishersville Center1076 Jefferson HighwayStaunton, VA 24401540-332-7750
Virginia Unemployment Office Patrick County103 West Blue RidgePO Box 1412Stuart, VA 24171276-694-6542
Virginia Unemployment Office Suffolk Center157 North Main StreetSuffolk, VA 23434757-514-7737
Virginia Unemployment Office Saluda Center2893 General Puller HighwayUrbanna, VA 23175804-758-2348
The Workplace Career Resource Center320 Hospital Drive Suite 11Warrenton, VA 20186540-422-8422
Virginia Unemployment Office Warsaw Center52 Campus DriveWarsaw, VA 22572804-250-2046
Virginia Unemployment Office Winchester Center419 North Cameron StreetSecond FloorWinchester, VA 22602540-722-3415
Virginia Unemployment Office13370 Minnieville RoadWoodbridge, VA 22192703-586-6800
Virginia Unemployment Office Wytheville Center1000 East Main Street Carroll HallWytheville, VA 24382276-228-4051

Final Thoughts

We hope the above info has been helpful to you. 

We do not make any financial advice but below are some of our thoughts that could help you stand on your feet sooner than later.

  • Don’t feel shame about needing help, but also don’t feel entitled. 
  • Don’t beat yourself up – things happen. The sooner you accept it and move on, the better.
  • Don’t burn the bridge. Work with your employer to help yourself. 
    • 1) Check if you are entitled to severance pay, vacation or sick pay, 
    • 2) Ask about extending health insurance benefits, 
    • 3) Ask about outplacement resources, 
    • 4) Request a reference letter from your employer 
  • Review your financial positions, obligations. 
  • Make a weekly or monthly budget. Buy what you need, so you don’t have to sell what you need.
  • Watch out for credit card loans – they will eat you alive.
  • Make an action plan with at least 3 scenarios from best to worst and examine your options.

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Sabrina is a former campaign manager who has decided to focus her effort to help people contact senators and get help. She leads our Editorial Team with Ronald and Lawrence to curate content and resources that help us navigate the system.

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