Income and Work

February 20, 2024 by WVCBP
West Virginia House Passes Bill Eliminating Youth Work Permits

Mountain State Spotlight - West Virginia lawmakers are moving forward with a bill eliminating work permits for 14 and 15-year olds, despite concerns about what the change will mean for minors.  Read the full article. The House of Delegates voted 83-16 Tuesday to pass HB 5159, legislation that would eliminate youth work permits. These documents currently…

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October 4, 2023 by Sean O'Leary
A Deeper Look at West Virginia’s 2022 Poverty Data

Spirit of Jefferson - According to the Census Bureau’s official poverty estimates, West Virginia saw its child poverty rate increase from 20.7 percent to 25.0 percent between 2021 and 2022, the only state to see an increase by the official measure (along with Puerto Rico). In 2022, West Virginia’s child poverty rate was the second…

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September 27, 2023 by WVCBP
New Report Looks at the State of West Virginia’s Unemployed and Those Outside the Workforce

For Immediate Release: September 27, 2023 Contact: Kelly Allen, 304-612-4180 Charleston, WV – Each year the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy releases its annual State of Working West Virginia report, which examines West Virginia's economy through the lens of its workers— the people who power our state and our economy. While each year's report has a slightly different…

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September 23, 2023 by Sean O'Leary
West Virginia has Highest Rate of Child Poverty in the US

WOWK - West Virginia has the highest rate of child poverty of any state in the nation, and the problem is getting worse before it gets better. Read the full article. In West Virginia, 25% of children live in poverty, this is a 21% jump from 2022. This means that 86,000 children in West Virginia…

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September 18, 2023 by Sean O'Leary
New Census Data Shows a Quarter of WV Kids Were Living in Poverty in 2022

West Virginia Watch, Hampshire Review - One in four children in West Virginia were living in poverty in 2022, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau this week. Read the full article. West Virginia was the only state in the nation to see its rate of child poverty increase from 2021, according…

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September 14, 2023 by WVCBP
West Virginians Faced Increased Hardship in 2022 Due to Failure by Congress to Protect Proven Anti-Poverty Pandemic-Era Policies

For Immediate Release: September 14, 2023 Contact: Kelly Allen, 304-612-4180 Charleston, WV – Nationally, the overall poverty rate and child poverty rate rose by the largest amount on record in more than 50 years, according to new US Census data released this week. The data also reveal that too many West Virginians—17.3 percent, or 308,825 residents, lived in…

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July 12, 2023 by Seth DiStefano
SNAP: Do The Hungry Get More Policy Than Nutrition?

West Virginia Public Broadcasting - More than 12 percent of Americans, or 42 million people, need help getting enough food to eat. Listen to the full Us & Them podcast episode. In West Virginia, that number is about 18 percent. That help comes from a federal program called SNAP — the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program,…

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