What are unemployment benefits?

The Unemployment Compensation (UC) program provides temporary income support to individuals unemployed through no fault of their own or individuals who are working less than their full-time hours.

Individuals may apply for benefits the first day after becoming separated from employment or after their employer has significantly reduced their work hours. If eligible, individuals will receive money for a limited time to help them meet expenses while they’re seeking new employment. To be eligible for UC benefits, individuals must be a worker who performed services that are covered by the West Virginia Unemployment Compensation Law. New to unemployment? Start with the West Virginia Claimant Handbook to learn more about eligibility, benefit payments, and how to file a claim.


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