501 Railroad Ave
Richlands, VA 24641
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Phone: (276) 963-2660
Fax: (276) 345-9430

COVID-19 Status:

Open to the public but by appointment only. Please call ahead before visiting the office to make sure you can be seen.


Glenda Carter, Manager

Job Search assistance - By appointment only.  Please call 276-963-2660 for an in-person appointment.

Unemployment Insurance assistance - Virtual Appointment Only

You can schedule a virtual appointment by going to: or Call 276.963.2660 for scheduling assistance.

Service Areas

Buchanan County
Russell County
Tazewell County

Hours of Operation

Many VEC offices have had their public office hours affected by the COVID-19. Please view the Office Closings Due to Coronavirus page to see if this office is currently open to the public.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday - 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Office will be open continuously through the day and will not be closed for lunch.
If you are filing a claim for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits in Virginia, you may use our online services as a first option since you will be able to reach the VEC quicker online than by telephone. Internet claim filing can be accessed from our Unemployment Insurance Web Site. If you must use the telephone to file your claim, you may do so through one of our call centers, by dialing toll free: 1-866-832-2363. If you want help looking for work, please visit our Jobseeker Services Web Site to access the Virginia Workforce Connection.