Income and Work

December 14th, 2018 by
SNAP Benefits Saved in Congressional Farm Bill

WOWK-TV - Over 340-thousand West Virginians use federally funded SNAP benefits to feed their families. In some cases able-bodied adults with no dependents must work or volunteer 20 hours per week, to get their food card. The multi-billion dollar farm bill that just passed Congress was originally intending to increase work requirements to keep SNAP…

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November 1st, 2018 by
It’s Time to Close the Gender Pay Gap in West Virginia

West Virginia women face one of the largest gender pay gaps in the nation and highest among surrounding states, according to a West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy report released this week. Climbing the Mountain: Closing the Gender Pay Gap in West Virginia shows in 2017, women working full-time, year round in West Virginia were paid…

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October 25th, 2018 by
30% of West Virginia Working Families Can’t Make Ends Meet

A new report by the Institute for Women's Policy Research finds that 30 percent of working families (age 19-64) in West Virginia are economically insecure, which means they don't make enough money to meet basic monthly expenses (food, transportation, housing, utilities, etc.) and reach modest financial goals. The economic insecurity measures takes into account working adults that…

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October 23rd, 2018 by
State of Rural West Virginia

West Virginia's population is increasingly living in urban areas, with those urban areas experiencing all the state's job growth in the past quarter century, leaving rural West Virginia behind in many key areas, according to a new West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy report. The report, State of Rural West Virginia, shows rural West Virginians primarily…

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October 18th, 2018 by
West Virginia’s Tax System Contributes To Inequality

State and local tax systems can be effectively used to boost economic opportunity, create broadly shared prosperity and build equitable state economies. But in most states, including West Virginia, tax systems are upside down and are making inequality worse, as a new report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) shows. The ITEP report examines the state…

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October 11th, 2018 by
West Virginia’s Strong Personal Income Growth More Of A Blip Than A Trend

West Virginia made headlines in recent months with a strong quarter of personal income growth. While some media outlets and politicians took the data as further evidence of the so-called "West Virginia comeback," subsequent releases of personal income data show that the strong quarter was more likely an anomaly than a sign of a trend. West Virginia's total personal income…

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October 9th, 2018 by
West Virginia’s Economic Outlook Worsens

The Bureau of Business and Economic Research at West Virginia University released its annual Economic Outlook Report for the state earlier this month. West Virginia is expected to experience slow job growth, with employment forecasted to grow at an average rate of 0.4 percent per year for the next five years, according to the report's forecast. That's…

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September 30th, 2018 by
Closing the Gender Pay Gap

In 2016, West Virginia women earned just 72 cents on the dollar compared to their male counterparts. The median earnings of full-time male workers were $12,801 higher than the median earnings of full-time women workers - a 28 percent pay gap. West Virginia has the largest pay gap out of all the surrounding states and…

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