The Commonwealth has taken unprecedented steps to fight the spread of COVID-19 as well as making substantial moves to help those in the workforce who've been affected by this global event.
This page will serve as your online resource to learn about any changes to the benefits application process along with VEC office closings, pertinent news releases and links to other helpful sites.
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- Virginia Announces Changes in Unemployment Insurance program as a result of the Federal CARES Act
- Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is now available under the CARES Act
Click to learn more and how to apply
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is a loan designed to provide direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. The program is for any small business with less than 500 employees affected by COVID-19. Lenders may begin processing loan applications as soon as today, April 3, 2020.
For information about the PPP and to apply for the program, please visit:
Applying for Benefits
- Employers, you can now provide information concerning individuals you have rehired, paid with PPP funding during the COVID-19 pandemic or who have refused an offer to return to work
- Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is now available under the CARES Act
- Beginning with claims effective March 15, 2020, Governor Northam has directed that the one week waiting period and the requirement to conduct a weekly job search both be suspended for those receiving unemployment insurance benefits.
- Currently, the online claim filing system is operational but not sending confirmation numbers. Claims are being received and we are working on fixing the problem.
We've had reports of scammers attempting to defraud users applying for unemployment insurance. Please make sure you are on this site, www.vec.virginia.gov or www.vawc.virginia.gov when applying for benefits.
View OIG Fraud Alert
To file an initial or continued claim, contine to our Unemployment Insurance page
Keep in mind, although most of our offices are closed to the public for health reasons, staff will be available to answer your questions via telephone (except for the Winchester office) during normal business hours. Click on select offices to view contact information and their hours.
View the current list of closed VEC offices
The Virginia Department of Social Services has recently launched a mobile app and website, COVID-19 Virginia Resources, to streamline access to resources and guidance Virginians are in most need of during this crisis. The content is based on information and pathways from a variety of state and federal agencies.
- South Hampton Roads Coronavirus Hotline
The United Way of South Hampton Roads has created a coronavirus response hotline 757-858-7777 and additional resources can be found at their website:
- Work Talk
Work Talk has a special community awareness podcast where you’ll discover how to file unemployment insurance when offices are closed. You’ll learn how to determine if you are eligible for unemployment insurance, what’s next, and the changes that have been made due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Listen to the podcast here