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Veterans from all periods of military service are eligible for job referral, job training and job placement assistance through the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC).
Veterans may access these employment services through a statewide network of VEC offices. We also work with those that are currently transitioning out of the military.
The VEC offers several ways to file your Unemployment Insurance Tax Reports and pay your Unemployment Insurance Taxes:
The Virginia Workforce Connection (VWC) was established to help employers find qualified candidates and post job opportunities.
In the Find Talent! section, you can:
You may also file by telephone:
To view a comprehensive list of everything you need to get started with your application including special forms and telephone numbers for the hearing impaired, please visit our Claimant Resources page.
Three steps make up our claims process. Before you file a claim, understand each step and how you can best file and register for work.
Each step makes good things happen for you and understanding each step's purpose makes things go smoother for all.
Periodically we receive an alert that someone is falsely representing themselves as the Virginia Employment Commission. While we do our best to combat fraud, sometimes the best people to help prevent fraud are the ones who may be the target.
You can anonymously report Unemployment Insurance Fraud to the VEC by calling 1-800-782-4001.
If you have received a decision about your benefits from us, you will be able to file an appeal from that decision. An appeal is a process where someone at the VEC reviews the decision you received and then decides whether it is correct.
You must file an appeal in order to get this review. If you do not file a timely appeal, the decision you have will control your right to benefits.
Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was up 0.2 percentage point in August to 3.9 percent, but was down 0.3 percentage point from last August. In August, the number of unemployed increased by 5,805, or 3.7 percent, while household employment dropped by a slight 2,409, or 0.1 percent. Since the increase in the number of people unemployed exceeded the decrease in employment, the labor force expanded slightly by 3,396, or 0.1 percent, after contracting the previous six months.
Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues below the national rate, which was unchanged again in August at 4.9 percent.
Research labor market, economic and demographic data and compare information over time between regions.
Below are some resources that will help you strengthen your understanding of labor market information.
The Virginia Employment Commission produces several LMI-related publications. A few of them include:
Our economists periodically give presentations to various groups of people, and we have posted some of these slide shows online for you to view.