West Virginia

If you are an unemployed resident of West Virginia, or if you are currently unemployed and living in another state, but worked in West Virginia within the last 18 months, you might benefit from filing for unemployment benefits. By filing in person at your local claims office, you may be eligible for benefits starting at $24 and going as high as $424 per week, lasting up to 26 months.

Filing for unemployment in the state of West Virginia will require that you:

  •  Became unemployed through no fault of your own, meaning you were not fired or that you quit for a significant reason.
  •  Are actively seeking employment as you file a claim each week
  • Are available for full-time work

In order to file for unemployment benefits, there are several items of information you should have on hand including:

  • Your social security card or drivers license
  • If you are not a U.S. citizen, you will need proof that you have legal permission to work
  •  If you have been in the active service employee of the military within the last 18 months, you will need to bring your DD Form 214.
  • A list of all employers for the past 18 months, providing the employer’s:company name, address,,telephone number, dates you worked

If you live in West Virginia, you will have to file your unemployment claim through one of the local claims offices. Also, the state of West Virginia will require that you register for work at a Job Services office, where you will be required to take part in various reemployment services.


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