VEC extends benefits for pandemic compensation

The Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) announced the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) extension.

The VEC’s press release has two groups for tomorrow’s extension which include.

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

Filing begins tomorrow Feb. 9 at 4 p.m..

This is the final component of the Federal extension which provides 11 additional weeks of benefits.

You can access your account at with VEC extending call center hours on Tuesday for support at 800-897-5630.

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