Income and Work

April 20, 2022 by Sean O'Leary
West Virginia’s Labor Force Statistics are Back to Normal. So Why are There Still Missing Workers?

As more West Virginians became vaccinated and a strong federal response boosted the economy, the Mountain State, along with the nation, has enjoyed a strong economic recovery from the pandemic. However, while the state's employment rates have recovered, West Virginia has continued to lose population, contributing to its labor force challenges. In recent months, the…

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March 10, 2022 by Sean O'Leary
Tweaked Unemployment Bill Up for Passage in House Friday

Charleston Gazette-Mail - A West Virginia House of Delegates bill making slight tweaks to the Senate’s signature unemployment bills will be up for passage Friday morning. Read the full article. If adopted, Senate Bill 2 would return to its original body for senators to either accept or reject the amendments adopted by House Finance Committee…

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February 24, 2022 by Sean O'Leary
‘It’s scary’: While Hundreds of Workers Face Layoff in Brooke County, WV Lawmakers Move to Slash the Benefits They’ll Rely On

Mountain State Spotlight - Just south of Weirton, Shannon Baldauf spends her work days suited up in layers of fire-retardant clothing, climbing atop massive, blazing furnaces that purify tons of coal. Read the full article. “It’s a heat like you’ve never experienced,” she said. But come this summer, Baldauf and nearly 300 others who work…

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February 8, 2022 by WVCBP
Senate Passes Unemployment Bills in Contested Vote

Charleston Gazette-Mail - The West Virginia Senate passed two bills significantly altering the state’s unemployment system in a contested vote on Tuesday. Republican lawmakers advanced Senate Bill 3, which would place new requirements on job-seekers, on a party-line vote. Senate Bill 2, which would cut the state’s paid unemployment benefits from 26 to 12 weeks,…

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February 7, 2022 by Sean O'Leary
Controversial Changes to WV Unemployment Proposed

WVNSTV - West Virginia lawmakers are considering bills that could drastically change unemployment benefits in the state. Read the full article. Supporters of the idea, say they’re just trying to get more people back to work. A lot of the unemployment concerns stem from the impact of COVID-19. Some businesses were hit hard in the…

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February 7, 2022 by Kelly Allen
Blair Promotes Changes to Unemployment Benefits as Senate Bills Near Passage

West Virginia MetroNews - The state Senate is on the verge of passing two bills that would make major changes to the unemployment safety net in West Virginia. Read the full article. Senate President Craig Blair feels so strongly about the bills that he came down from his usual spot presiding over the chamber today…

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February 4, 2022 by Sean O'Leary
Unemployment Bills Set for Senate Vote Tuesday

Charleston Gazette-Mail - The state Senate is poised to slash unemployment benefits and tighten the process for people to prove they’re seeking work at a time when West Virginia’s unemployment rate is at a record low. Senate Bill 2 would cut the state’s paid unemployment benefits from 26 to 12 weeks, based on the current…

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