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Governor McAuliffe announced that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down 0.1 percentage point in February to 3.9 percent, the lowest rate since June 2008. Virginia has the second-lowest unemployment rate of any major U.S. state. 
Read the Governor's Press Release...
New features allow job seekers to quickly find and apply for available jobs in their community using a zip code radius search. In addition, tools help them identify a career that aligns with their interests and abilities and receive system alerts when matching jobs are posted.
Learn more about the new features...
The VEC has announced that the average Unemployment Insurance tax for employers is expected to decline $22 per employee or about $83 million in 2017. Virginia is on pace in 2016 to have the lowest initial claims since 1974.
Learn more about the decrease...
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 ycrewe@vccs.edu.
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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.

Interview

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

Application

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.

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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