Welcome to the Jobcase resource center for unemployment in Virginia. You may be trying to understand your unemployment eligibility and benefits to keep you afloat during this challenging time. Applying for unemployment benefits can be complicated, so we put together these resources to help you navigate.
In order to file for Unemployment Insurance (UI) you must have been separated from your employer or have had your hours reduced.
The state-run Unemployment Insurance (UI) program is called the Virginia Workforce Connection.
Please note: If you have a Virginia Workforce Connection account, you will use your current User ID and Password to file your claim. If you don’t have an account, please select the link "Not Registered" to create one.
Virginia Workforce Connection links:
**Click here for video tutorial.
To file a new claim by telephone call 1-866-832-2363
To file a weekly claim by telephone, call toll free 1-800-897-5630
The Virginia Relay Center (VRC) provides Text Telephone (TTY) or Telecommunications for the Deaf (TDD). You can access the VRC by calling 1-800-828-1120
If you do not have this information available, please gather it before you begin to file your claim. This site is available seven days a week. The filing process takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. Please allow enough time to complete this process.
Incomplete applications will not be processed.
You should not attempt to file a Virginia claim if:
The Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) will only contact you on matters that directly concern your unemployment insurance claim.
Good luck, we’re here to help! Information is changing quickly. Please consult the state's applicable website provided above to be sure the information is valid.