West Virginia Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Unemployment insurance benefits in West Virginia provide temporary financial assistance to eligible unemployed West Virginians who lose employment through no fault of their own.

West Virginia Unemployment Services

Websitehttps://workforcewv.org/unemployment
Phone800-252-5627
Apply OnlineFile a New Claim
Weekly CertificationFile a Weekly Claim
Appeal a DenialRequest a Hearing
Find a Local Officehttps://workforcewv.org/about-us/contact-us
Report Fraudhttps://uc.workforcewv.org/consumer
Coronavirus Updateshttps://workforcewv.org/covid19

Am I Eligible for Unemployment Benefits in West Virginia?

To qualify for unemployment insurance assistance, a claimant must have earned wages in West Virginia for the 12 to 18 months before the initial claim, along with earning a minimum amount of wages as outlined in West Virginia's unemployment benefits guidelines. A claimant also must be able and available for employment during every week for which they apply to collect benefits. Eligibility is determined during the process of filing a claim. If you’re not sure if you qualify, you should still apply.

You must be a resident of West Virginia and all of the following must be true:

  • You are unemployed through no fault of your own
  • You worked in West Virginia during the past 12-18 months
  • You earned a minimum amount of wages determined by West Virginia guidelines
  • You are actively seeking work each week you are collecting benefits

Benefit Payments and Duration

Base PeriodFirst 4 of the last 5 completed quarters
Alt Base PeriodLast 4 completed quarters
Duration of BenefitsWeekly PaymentMaximum Benefits Amount (1 year)
MinMax
26 weeks$24$424$11,024

How To Apply

West Virginia applicants are required to submit an Initial Unemployment Compensation Application for unemployment assistance online. Visit uc.workforcewv.org and select the option to file a new/additional Initial Unemployment Claim. In the case of workers who receive a Low Earnings Report from their employers, applicants may submit the form in person or by mailing it to the nearest unemployment claims office. A directory of those mailing addresses is available on the Workforce West Virginia website for your reference.

How Do I Manage My Unemployment Benefits?

West Virginia makes it easy for benefits recipients to manage their unemployment benefits online. Once approved for assistance, you must file a weekly claim in order to receive unemployment compensation benefits for each week you remain unemployed. You can do so by visiting https://uc.workforcewv.org/Consumer/Login.aspx?app=cc.

You also have the option of calling 800-379-1032 each week to submit your weekly benefit claim. Once you submit the form, your answers are considered final and cannot be changed – so make sure you’re providing complete and accurate information before submitting. You will also be required to certify that the information you are submitting is accurate and free of fraud.

Your weekly benefit claim should be submitted between Sunday at 12:01 a.m. EST and Friday at 5 p.m. EST. Unless you request direct deposit, your assistance will be delivered via a state-issued prepaid debit card, where your assistance payment will be added each week.

How Do I Appeal a Decision?

If you receive a decision that you’d like to appeal, you must do so within eight days of the date your decision was mailed – either the claimant or the employer may initiate an appeal. At that point, you may be asked to participate in a hearing with an administrative law judge – the purpose of this hearing is to determine whether unemployment benefits should be granted or denied. Any appeals of the judge’s decision will need to be submitted to a Board of Review, at which time you will be invited to a Board of Review hearing in Charleston to answer questions and provide evidence for your claim.

Reporting Fraud

Unemployment fraud, including identity theft and fraudulent unemployment claims, is something the state of West Virginia takes very seriously. Any attempt to collect unemployment insurance benefits under untruthful circumstances – including leaving a position without good work-related cause, is considered fraud. You have three different options for reporting instances of unemployment fraud, as outlined below:

Penalties related to fraud may include fines, jail time, or the inability to receive future unemployment benefits until all fraudulent claims and fines have been retired.

West Virginia Unemployment Office Locations

WorkForce WV - Beckley200 New River Town Center
Beckley, WV 25801
304-256-6792
WorkForce WV - Charleston Center1321 Plaza East PO Box 2753
Charleston, WV 25330-2753
304-558-0291
WorkForce WV - Clarksburg153 W. Main St. Suite B
Clarksburg, WV 26301
304-627-2125
WorkForce WV - Elkins1023 North Randolph Avenue
Elkins, WV 26241
304-637-0257
WorkForce WV - Fairmont416 Adams Street Suite 220
Fairmont, WV 26554
304-363-0654
WorkForce WV - Huntington2699 Park Avenue Suite 240
Huntington, WV 25704
304-528-5528
WorkForce WV - Putnam3554 Teays Valley Road
Mid Valley Square Suite 117
Hurricane, WV 25526
304-397-3033
WorkForce WV - Logan130 Stratton Street PO Box 1619
Logan, WV 25601-1619
304-792-7010
Career One Stop - Martinsburg202 Viking Way
Martinsburg, WV 25401
304-264-6133
Region 7 Workforce Development Board151 Robert C Byrd Industrial Park Rd Suite 2
Moorefield, WV 26836
304-530-3917
WorkForce WV - Morgantown304 Scott Avenue
Morgantown, WV 26508
304-285-3124
WorkForce WV - New Martinsville257 North State Route 2
New Martinsville, WV 26155
304-455-6184
WorkForce WV - Parkersburg300 Lakeview Center
Parkersburg, WV 26101
304-420-4525
WorkForce WV - Mercer195 Davis Street Suite 102
Princeton, WV 24739
304-425-1896
WorkForce WV - Greenbrier Valley330 Red Oaks Shopping Center Suite 1
Ronceverte, WV 24970
304-647-7410
WorkForce WV - Summersville830 Northside Drive Suite 123
Summersville, WV 26651
304-872-0820
WorkForce WV - Weirton100 Municipal Plaza Suite 300
Weirton, WV 26062
304-794-2000
WorkForce WV - Welch110 Park Avenue Suite 100
Welch, WV 24801
304-436-3131
American Job Center - Wheeling1275 Warwood Ave
Wheeling, WV 26003
304-232-6280