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Effective 1/24/18, the Odd Fellows Road entrance to the Lynchburg office is CLOSED due to road construction and the change to one way traffic (north bound only) on Odd Fellows Road. Please use the Mayflower Drive entrance until further notice.
The Cedar Bluff Office will be closed effective January 16, 2018 to January 19, 2018 due to relocation. The office will reopen on January 22, 2018 at its new location: 1928 Front Street, Richlands, Virginia 24641.
Learn more about this relocation...
Governor McAuliffe joined Governor-Elect Northam to unveil a new brand to unify Virginia’s workforce development system. The system, which includes a network of state and local partners and 62 One Stop Career Centers, will carry the name Virginia Career Works.
Learn more about the unveiling...
All Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) letters and requests for Rapid Response assistance should be directed to Brett Tavel, Rapid Response State Coordinator, by FAX at (804) 819-1699 or by email at
View the latest WARN notices

The Virginia Snapshot is a quick reference guide to Virginia’s employment and employment growth, average weekly wages, unemployment rates, and Unemployment Insurance data. The Snapshot is updated monthly.

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Virginia Workforce Connection

The VEC's Virginia Workforce Connection (VAWC) is your online source to connect with potential employers, search for jobs, find training opportunities, and research wage data along with industry and occupational trends.


Employee or Independent Contractor?

Sometimes an employer will classify workers as contractors instead of employees. In these cases, contract workers are responsible for paying their own payroll taxes, including federal and state income taxes and both the employer and employee portion of Social Security taxes. In most cases, contractors are responsible for providing their own Workers Compensation Insurance and are not eligible for Unemployment Insurance if their services are no longer needed.

Learn more about how to classify workers


Unemployment Insurance Benefits

File your initial or continuted claim online:

You may also file by telephone:

  • For initial claims, call between 8:15am and 4:30pm, Monday - Friday (closed state holidays): 1-866-832-2363
  • For continuing claims, call: 1-800-897-5630

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.


Diverse Workers

Projected to 2024
Virginia Job Outlook

Overall, employment in Virginia is projected to grow 9.3 percent by 2024 exceeding the national growth rate of 6.5 percent.

Which jobs are expected to grow or decline in Virginia?
The Job Outlook brochure lists a sampling of high-growth occupations by educational attainment and annual wages projected to 2024 as well as occupations that are projected to decline.

View the Job Outlook Brochure

View the 2016 Labor Force Participation Rates