WASHINGTON, DC — With record unemployment levels reaching new highs every week, but a good number of employers are searching for workers in Washington, D.C., and northern Virginia.
In Virginia, 61,138 unemployment claims were filed last week, down from the 72,488 claims filed for the week ending April 25, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Since mid-March, more than 600,000 people have filed unemployment insurance claims across the state.
The employment site Indeed.com has listed scores of jobs that have opened even as the virus continues and many businesses remain closed.
You can search here for job openings in our area.
You'll note that some of the postings went up more than 30 days ago. But also notice that many of the jobs have been advertised within the past few days and weeks.
If you're a small business owner in DC or Virginia in search of employees and you're not on Indeed, you can post your job openings in the Patch classified section. Here are instructions.
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How To File VA Unemployment Claim
There are two primary steps to receiving unemployment insurance. First you must file an application to establish or reopen a claim. If you are out of work due to the coronavirus crisis then you will select "Lack of Work" as the reason for separation. Secondly, you access the program each week to claim unemployment insurance payment.
You should file your application or reopen your previous claim by visiting our website at www.vec.virginia.gov. This method is the preferred way to access the unemployment insurance application during this time of very heavy claim activity.
You may file your claim through the Customer Contact Center by calling 866-832-2363. (Monday through Friday 8:15am to 4:30pm.) If you must file by telephone, continue to call back if lines are busy.
DC Unemployment Claims
Visit the DC Department of Employment Services website for links to applications forms. You can also call 202-724-7000.