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Applying for Unemployment

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West Virginia Unemployment

Residents of West Virginia may become unemployed at some point in their life. This has become more and more common across the United States as small businesses struggle to stay open, and even large corporations are either merging with others, or closing entirely. This means that more people are left without a job. This can be devastating, but thankfully, unemployment benefits are available for West Virginians to claim as long as they meet certain requirements.

If you have earned enough wage credits (these are accumulated throughout the time that you are employed) and were not fired from your job, or let go due to something you were at fault for, you should be able to qualify for unemployment benefits in West Virginia. During the time that you are unemployed, you must also actively search for work in order to continue qualifying for unemployment.

If you feel that you indeed qualify for unemployment, then the first part of the process will be to apply. If you become unemployed when you are stationed out of state, you can apply online here: https://www.wvuc.org/. However, if you are currently living in West Virginia, then you must apply in-person initially. A list of locations you can get this completed at is located here: http://www.wvcommerce.org/.

It is recommended that you make an appointment if they are offered at your chosen location. Once you are approved and have an online account, you can claim your benefit weeks online, as well as sign up for direct deposit, and complete other related tasks. This keeps the process easy and streamlined.

There are a few things you should keep in mind when applying for unemployment in West Virginia:

  • Wage credits are incredibly important to the unemployment benefit approval process. For example, if you have only worked for six weeks your entire life, then were let go, you will not have earned enough wage credits to receive benefits. However, if you have worked for at least a couple of years, then you should have earned enough to receive unemployment benefits for an appropriate amount of time.

  • You will be asked to show proof that you are actively applying for jobs. In the past, as long as you said you were looking for work, then you could receive benefits. Now, most unemployment offices, including West Virginia, will require you to have names and addresses for the businesses you applied to, or inquired about employment at. In certain situations, you may be asked to show business cards, or job applications. In addition, Workforce West Virginia may call some of the places you mention to confirm.

  • Unemployment benefits are decided at the federal level, however, there may be additional benefits and programs in West Virginia. The best way to find out if there are any additional benefits available, and if you even qualify for them, is toreach out to a representative from Workforce West Virginia at 1-800-252-JOBS.

If you have additional questions, but would prefer not to call or maybe just do not have time to do so, there is a great resource in the Workforce West Virginia frequently asked questions page, located here: http://www.wvcommerce.org/.

In addition, Workforce West Virginia has a document that you can read online known as their Claimant Guide. This guide can tell you just about everything you need to know about unemployment claims in West Virginia and is available here: http://www.wvcommerce.org/App_Media/assets/doc/businessandworkforce/workforcewv/UCforWV.pdf.