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News and Announcements

Seasonally unadjusted weekly initial unemployment insurance claims remained highly elevated but decreased by 12.2 percent during the latest filing week
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Increased benefits for eligible claimants under traditional unemployment insurance will start to be paid as soon as next week.  
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The U.S. Census Bureau is currently seeking Partnership Specialists throughout the state.
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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 btavel@vccs.edu.
List of Rapid Response Coordinators
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.


Unemployment Insurance Benefits

View detailed instructions on how to file or re-open a claim

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, and between 9am and 1pm on Saturday (closed Sunday and 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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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.

You can also visit a VEC office near you for assistance.
View our list of offices to find one in your area


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

Diverse Workers

Projected to 2024
Virginia Job Outlook

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.

View the Job Outlook Brochure

Forecasted Employment and Wages by State and Local Workforce Development Area

Unemployment Snapshot