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Governor McAuliffe announced that Virginia’s nonfarm payroll employment increased by 13,400 jobs in September, up 81,100 jobs compared to last September. The September nonfarm payroll employment increase is the fourth consecutive monthly increase and a new record high for nonfarm employment. 
Governor McAuliffe announced today that the U.S. Department of Labor has awarded the Commonwealth $1.1 million to support a common intake screening and registration system for Virginians seeking training or employment services through Virginia’s One Stop Career Centers.
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Developed through a strategic partnership between the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) and state unemployment insurance agencies, the State Information Data Exchange System (SIDES) is an electronic tool to help employers respond to state unemployment insurance (UI) requests quickly, easily, and accurately.
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All Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) letters and requests for Rapid Response assistance should be directed to Felecia M. McClenny, State Rapid Response Coordinator, by FAX at (804) 819-1699 or by email at

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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.



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.

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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.

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Tax Filing / Registration

EditThe VEC offers several ways to file your Unemployment Insurance Tax Reports and pay your Unemployment Insurance Taxes:

Learn more about Employer Tax Filing / Registration and find out which system best fits your filing needs



The Virginia Workforce Connection (VWC) was established to help employers find qualified candidates and post job opportunities.

In the Find Talent! section, you can:

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Employer Links

Unemployment Insurance Benefits

File your initial or continued 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.


I'm Unemployed! Now What?

It might have happened this way: Your boss just told you that within the next two weeks the company is closing its doors forever. Or, perhaps the company is downsizing and you just lost the only job you've had for the past decade or more. 

However it occurred, it may be your first time to be "out of work." So, what do you do now?

Here are some basics on how to deal with being unemployed

Our Claims Processes

gearsThree 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.

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Fraud Alert

Fraud alertPeriodically 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

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Internet Appeals

gavelIf 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.

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Virginia’s Unemployment Rate Was Up 0.1 Percentage Point in September to 4.0 Percent

Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was up 0.1 percentage point in September to 4.0 percent, but was down 0.2 percentage point from last September. The labor force expanded for the second consecutive month, increasing by 19,690, or 0.5 percent, as both the number of people reporting that they were working and number of people seeking work increased. Household employment rose by 13,472, or 0.3 percent, after declining the previous six months, and the number of unemployed rose by 6,218, or 3.8 percent.

Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues below the national rate, which was up 0.1 percent in September to 5.0 percent.

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Recent Trends


Labor Market Data

Market ResearchResearch labor market, economic and demographic data and compare information over time between regions.

Labor Market Analysis

Resource Library

libraryBelow are some resources that will help you strengthen your understanding of labor market information.


publicationThe Virginia Employment Commission produces several LMI-related publications. A few of them include: 


Slide Shows

slideshowOur economists periodically give presentations to various groups of people, and we have posted some of these slide shows online for you to view.

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