For Release:
February 5, 2021
Joyce Fogg
(804) 786-7592

VEC Announces Launch Date for Final Component of Federal Unemployment Insurance Extension

RICHMOND, VA – The Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) today announced that the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) extension for customers who have used all of their previous benefits will launch Tuesday, February 9th at 4:00 PM.  This is the final component of the Federal extension and will provide up to 11 weeks of additional benefits.  VEC will be notifying customers with details about these additional benefits.  The VEC Call Center will extend hours on Tuesday to support customers with the new program, and customers will also be able to access their account and complete their claim on Gov2Go. 

The extension directly impacts two different groups of claimants that are eligible for the additional weeks of PEUC:

Group I: PEUC claimants who have exhausted their initial 13-week benefit and have claimed weeks through 12/26/20 will have the additional 11 weeks automatically added to their claim and need not take any further action except to continue filing weekly claims.  Payment for weeks claimed beginning with the week ending 01/02/21 will be automatically released on 02/09/21 and customers should receive payment as early as Thursday 2/11/21.

Group II: PEUC claimants who are not able to file a weekly claim because they do not meet the criteria of Group I must file a new PEUC 2021 claim.  The application will be available starting at 4 p.m. on 02/09/2021.  Claimants can complete the application by going to (available on mobile devices) and creating an account (if they do not already have one) or by calling 1-866-832-2363.  A claimant can start claiming weeks for payment once their application has been processed, usually in 1-2 business days.  Customers will need their personal identification number (PIN) to file their weekly claim by calling 1-800-897-5630 or they can file weekly claims at

About the Virginia Employment Commission
The Virginia Employment Commission, a state agency under the Department of Commerce and Trade, is dedicated to promoting economic growth and stability by delivering and coordinating workforce services to include: policy development; job placement services; temporary income support; workforce information; and transition and training services. To accomplish this mission, the agency partners with stakeholders; develops and empowers staff; improves its processes; embraces innovative solutions and technologies; and continually renews the organization. Additional information on Virginia’s Unemployment Insurance Programs can be found on VEC’s webpage at: