Virginia Unemployment Department

The department in this state that handles unemployment insurance is called Virginia Employment Commission. If you have questions or issues about filing a new or weekly unemployment claim, they should be able to assist you. We provide the contact information for the Virginia Unemployment Department below including the location, phone number and government website where you can find out how to file your claims, report fraud, find a job for employees and help businesses grow for employers. We also provide the information on how to file for VA unemployment online and file for unemployment over the phone.

If you lost your job at no fault of your own, then it is important to file your claim right away. You file your first, or Initial Claim, per benefit year. When you make your initial claim, you can also register for work. It’s an easy, automatic way to register for work. Your initial claim determines if you are eligible for benefits. At the time of filing you will need information including your Social Security Number. The accurate employer names, addresses, telephone numbers and dates of employment within the last 18 months. The name and local number of your local union hall, if you obtain work through a union. Your Alien Registration Number if you are not a US citizen. If you have any Non-Virginia employers you must have an accurate mailing address, phone number, and dates of employment for them and more. To see if you are eligible to receive these benefits and what additional information is needed when applying, find out how to file your Virginia unemployment claim. As a reminder, unemployment insurance benefits are taxable. You must report any unemployment benefits you receive as part of your gross income on your taxes.

  • Unemployment Department Location
  • Virginia Employment Commission
    703 E. Main St
    Richmond, VA 23219

  • Unemployment Claim Phone Number
  • To file for VA unemployment benefits over the phone, call 866-832-2363 (TTY: 800-828-1120).

  • Unempoyment Claim Online
  • The easist way to file your claim is through their online system. To file for VA unemployment online, click here.