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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:
File your initial or continued claim online:
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.
Overall, employment in Virginia is projected to grow 10.1 percent by 2026 exceeding the national growth rate of 7.4 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.