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Virginia Unemployment Benefits Information

We are an online resource to help answer your questions, check eligibility and assist in applying for Unemployment. You will also be advised if you qualify for additional benefit programs and receive our benefit guide.

How to claim Unemployment Benefits in Virginia?

 

In order to claim unemployment benefits in VA, you must receive a Notice of Deputy’s Determination from the Virginia Employment Commission and follow its instructions, including registering for any programs for which you were eligible. If you are required to provide follow-up information, a confirmation phone call, or registration, your weekly unemployment claim benefit payment could be delayed or denied. You may take any denial of federal unemployment benefits to an appeal committee that will determine whether you had a justifiable excuse not to provide the information. However, if you meet all the eligibility for unemployment requirements in the Deputy’s monetary determination letter, you will receive your weekly benefit the following week containing benefits for that week and any previous week for which you were eligible. 

 

How is my Benefit Payment Calculated in Virginia?

 

Virginia state and federal unemployment benefits are calculated using a percentage of your base wages during the previous year, starting the calendar quarter previous to the current quarter. The minimum required wages are relatively small. A few thousand dollars per calendar quarter is all you need to have made to qualify and claim unemployment benefits weekly, which could add up to a minimum of several hundred dollars per month. For example, if you earned $3,000 over two calendar quarters, you would meet the minimum wage requirement in Virginia for receiving benefits. The minimum weekly benefit at this income level would be $60.