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WorkForce WV recommends unemployment claimants not file a new claim

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) — WorkForce West Virginia officials say those eligible for additional unemployment in the new COVID-19 relief bill, signed Sunday evening, should not file a new claim but rather continue weekly certifications.

“While we wait on additional Federal guidance, I have directed WorkForce West Virginia to be prepared to respond as quickly as possible and deliver this much-needed relief to eligible West Virginians…As we always have been, we are all in, and will be a leader in turning this legislation into resources for West Virginia.”

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, (R)

“We are diligently working to build additional programs and adjust our unemployment computer system to deliver these benefits…Until we receive additional clarification and guidelines, those who feel they are eligible for these benefits should pause until Workforce West Virginia provides additional information.”

Scott Adkins, Acting Commissioner for WorkForce

The COVID-19 relief bill includes new requirements to qualify to receive benefits from federal programs within the act:

  • Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) will provide up to 11 weeks of an additional $300 weekly benefit to eligible claimants. FPUC will be available to cover weeks of unemployment between Dec. 27, 2020, and the week ending March 13, 2021. 
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Will provide up to an additional 11 weeks of benefits, to a maximum of 50 weeks. Claimants will be required to provide documentation of eligibility to qualify for PUA beginning Jan. 31, 2021.
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) Will provide up to an additional 11 weeks of benefits, to a maximum of 24 weeks. PEUC will be available until the week ending March 13, 2021, with an allowance of three additional weeks of benefits for those who have not reached the maximum number of weeks through the week ending April 3, 2021. 

For claimants to be eligible for unemployment benefits, states must have methods in place to address claimants who refuse to return to work or refuse to accept an offer of suitable work without good cause.

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WorkForce WV continues to work on claims

CHARLESTON — West Virginians receiving unemployment benefits are unlikely to experience a gap in payments as WorkForce West Virginia officials work with the U.S. Department of Labor to implement provisions of the American Rescue Plan, which extends several federal pandemic unemployment assistance programs another 29 weeks.

“Gov. Justice has tasked us with making sure West Virginians don’t miss a payment now that the federal unemployment benefit programs are extended through the first week of September,” said Scott Adkins, acting commissioner of WorkForce West Virginia. “We’re grateful Congress was able to extend current programs before they expire, which will save thousands of West Virginians from financial hardship and experiencing a gap in payments like we saw earlier this year due to a delay in federal action.”

The American Rescue Plan as signed into law on March 11 by President Joe Biden includes:

• Extension of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits for independent contractors, the self-employed and gig workers through the week ending Sept. 4, 2021.

• Extension of Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, which provides an extra $300 in benefits each week, through the week ending Sept. 4, 2021.

• Extension of Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation through the week ending Sept. 4, 2021.

• A $10,200 federal tax exclusion for unemployment compensation income for tax year 2020 for households with incomes under $150,000.

Individuals currently receiving unemployment need to file weekly certifications to continue receiving benefits extended by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

To ensure a seamless transition and make sure there are no gaps in benefits payments, WorkForce asked the U.S. Department of Labor and Employment for approval to deploy the extended programs before receiving official guidance from the Department of Labor.

To learn more about federal pandemic and regular state unemployment benefits or to file a claim, call 1-800-252-JOBS or visit

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Fraudulent unemployment claims in WV in the tens of thousands

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) — WorkForce West Virginia is continuing to receive “tens of thousands” of fraudulent claims for unemployment benefits. Most of the claims are being filed by people out of state, or even from foreign countries. The West Virginia State Auditors office is helping the workforce investigate.

“I can’t give you an exact number, but it’s really bad. What is happened is that we all know about these data breaches that have happened. And so now the fraudsters have a lot more access to our personal information, And when incidents happen like Coronavirus they always take advantage of chaos, to their own benefit,” said J.B. McCuskey, (R) WV State Auditor.

One source tell us that at least 1,000 fraudulent claims are being filed at WorkForce every week, and many of the scams are computer-generated, using personal information gleaned from identity thefts. The ever-changing federal unemployment supplemental pay is attracting the scammers.

“While it’s doing that, you have all these opportunities for fraud. In this last bill, I believe there is money in there for our WorkForce and our unemployment compensation folks, to really modernize and fraud-proof their systems,” said Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, (R) West Virginia.

One scam involves people being sent blank 1099-G tax forms with a request that you fill out vital information, and mail it back in. WorkForce West Virginia, says if you’ve not been collecting unemployment, don’t do it.

“If you receive something in the mail or get an email claiming to be someone at WorkForce West Virginia, and you’ve never dealt with the agency, that’s a red flag. You should call them and report it, said Mark Curtis, 13 News Chief Political Reporter.

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West Virginia is monitoring a new form of unemployment fraud

Workforce West Virginia

WorkForce West Virginia is a state agency funded through the U.S. Department of Labor that oversees the state unemployment insurance program, as well as a network of workforce development services to help West Virginia's citizens and employers compete in today’s economy. WorkForce West Virginia is a one-stop center for work force resources, including job opportunities, unemployment compensation, training, tax incentives and labor market information. (more…)

What services are offered?

The following services are offered to job seekers at no charge:

  • Career assessment and guidance
  • Access to training and education programs
  • Learn about job fairs and workshops
  • Information on the job market
  • Assistance with searching for jobs
  • Resume and cover letter preparation
  • Practice interviewing for jobs
  • Free computer and Internet access

WorkForce WV offers one-on-one assistance through their local offices and refers job seekers to employers, workshops, training and educational opportunities, community services, and other available resources, such as the Division of Rehabilitation Services. (more…)

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Who is eligible?

WorkForce WV assists West Virginia residents and employers.

How do I apply?

Call 1-800-252-JOBS (TTY: 304-558-1549) or stop by one of WorkForce WV’s local offices. To find a local office near you, see the locations map.


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Steps to File an Initial Claim and General Information

What documents do I need to file my claim?

Although your initial application was made by phone or internet, to protect your identity, you may be asked to provide your Social Security card and a photo ID (such as a valid driver’s license) for verification purposes.  Make sure you have these items available and can provide them upon request.  If you are not a citizen of the United States, you will be asked to supply government issued documentation showing your work status. Your document must include an identification number, the name of the agency that issued the document, and an expiration date.

You will be asked to complete an Initial Unemployment Compensation Application, wherein you will provide the business names and complete mailing addresses for all employers for whom you worked during the last 18 months, along with the dates of employment and reason for separation from each employer.

If you were separated from the following entities, you will be asked to provide the following forms:

  • Military: DD-214 form, the number four (4) copy
  • Federal government: SF-8 form (separation notice)
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):  SF-8 form and SF-50 form.
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With Unemployment extended through September and people remaining on Unemployment Benefits program for the long run, we strongly urge everyone who has not done so yet to enroll now in our Work Search Requirements programto maintain compliance with job search requirements: Bill includes additional funds for audits and fraud prevention, and state unemployment agencies are always looking for reasons to take their money back.
Join everybody else who is taking advantage of our special online program to safely maintain their work search requirements. Our program allows maintaining job search requirements by taking online career workshops. Digital certificates generated instantly after completing each workshop, which you can download for your records, and they are also backed up on our servers. Join today and remain in compliance with works search requirements before it is too late!

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Unemployment insurance benefits provide temporary financial assistance to workers unemployed through no fault of their own that meet West Virginia's eligibility requirements. In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must have West Virginia wages during the past 12 to 18 months and have earned at least a minimum amount of wages as determined by West Virginia's guidelines. You must also be able to work and available for work each week that you are collecting benefits. Eligibility for unemployment compensation will be determined during the process of filing a claim. Individuals who are unsure if they qualify should still apply.

Unemployment compensation claimants can file weekly claim certifications online, view claim information, including six weeks of payment history, and apply for direct deposit of their benefits. Employers can file quarterly wage reports, pay contributions and delinquent payments online, and register for electronic submission of separation information.

Appeals made to the Unemployment Compensation Division are heard and decided upon by the Board of Review.

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