Virginia’s unemployment benefits extension program launches today

On Thursday the VEC held a news briefing to discuss the launch of a third federal unemployment...
On Thursday the VEC held a news briefing to discuss the launch of a third federal unemployment benefit program(NBC12)
Updated: Feb. 9, 2021 at 6:47 AM EST
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - The Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) will launch its Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation extension program.

The program, which is an extension for customers who have used all of their previous benefits, will launch on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 4 p.m. This final component of the Federal extension will provide up to 11 weeks of additional benefits.

People who have not been able to file weekly claims because they don’t meet the criteria can still apply for the new benefits starting Tuesday. Click here to apply.

“The VEC Call Center will extend hours on Tuesday to support customers with the new program, and customers will also be able to access their account and complete their claim on Gov2Go,” the release said.

The VEC released the following details on the two groups who are eligible for the benefits:

  • Group I: PEUC claimants who have exhausted their initial 13-week benefit and have claimed weeks through 12/26/20 will have the additional 11 weeks automatically added to their claim and need not take any further action except to continue filing weekly claims. Payment for weeks claimed beginning with the week ending 01/02/21 will be automatically released on 02/09/21 and customers should receive payment as early as Thursday 2/11/21.
  • Group II: PEUC claimants who are not able to file a weekly claim because they do not meet the criteria of Group I must file a new PEUC 2021 claim. The application will be available starting at 4 p.m. on 02/09/2021. Claimants can complete the application by going to (available on mobile devices) and creating an account (if they do not already have one) or by calling 1-866-832-2363. A claimant can start claiming weeks for payment once their application has been processed, usually in 1-2 business days. Customers will need their personal identification number (PIN) to file their weekly claim by calling 1-800-897-5630 or they can file weekly claims at

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