How To File For Unemployment In West Virginia

Posted by supervisor

West Virginia Unemployment Claims (Initial Claims):

Filing for unemployment for the first time in West Virginia is different than in almost all other states. This is because you HAVE TO FILE IN PERSON. You can get your initial compensation claim form here and then submit it in person to one of the state unemployment offices (locations can be found here).

While you can’t file your first unemployment claim online, you can file all subsequent weekly claims online here. You can also get other information at that page and also sign up for direct deposit there.

Bring this information with you

When you file your first claim for West Virginia unemployment, you need to do it in person at the nearest claims office. You should to bring these things for your first meeting:

  • Your Social Security number (SSN)
  • Immigrants much bring proof of their work status
  • Your driver’s license or a state ID
  • The names and addresses of all employers you have had in the last 18 months. Please also have with you the dates you were with each employer and why you left each employer

Payment Options

When you file your unemployment claim, you will automatically receive a debit card. To learn how to avoid fees with this card please check out this page.

Direct deposit is also an option but the only way to sign up for that is online. PLEASE NOTE, you must not throw away or destroy your debit card for the duration of your benefits.  You need that card to file for any extension benefits or additional compensation benefits.

West Virginia unemployment extensions:

Extended benefits are always a complicated situation because each state’s benefits overlap with federal benefits. Congress gets involved as does the President and things get messy. Your best place to find information about possible extensions is by going here.


West Virginia Unemployment Insurance
File A Weekly Claim Electronically
Initial Unemployment Benefits Claim Form
Workforce West Virginia
File for unemployment in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, New England, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Brunswick, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming