Income and Work

April 27, 2020 by Sean O'Leary
Tracking the Coronavirus Economic Impact in West Virginia

Social distancing, closing of nonessential businesses, and stay at home orders have all helped protect lives in West Virginia. But they have also led to record job losses and increasing hardship as people struggle to make ends meet. The restrictions on economic activity that are currently protecting us will eventually be lifted, but the economy…

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April 21, 2020 by Sean O'Leary
Work Sharing Could Help Both Businesses and Workers During the Coronavirus Downturn

With tens of thousands of West Virginians losing their jobs and filing for unemployment insurance benefits as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupts the economy, there is renewed interest in "work sharing" programs. Work sharing gives businesses the option of reducing the hours and wages of their employees instead of laying them off. Workers with reduced wages…

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February 25, 2020 by Ted Boettner
SB 528 Would Strip Workers of Rights and Protections through Misclassification

On Monday, the WV Senate narrowly passed Senate Bill 528, which would make it easier for corporations in West Virginia to classify workers as independent contractors rather than employees. This bill, based on model legislation prepared by ALEC, is similar, but far more expansive, than a house bill that passed out of House Industry and Labor…

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February 12, 2020 by Kelly Allen
Momentum for Paid Leave is Growing in West Virginia: A Breakdown of State-Level Proposals

Too often, West Virginians are forced to choose between financial/job security and taking care of themselves, a new child, or a seriously ill family member. Recognizing these problems, legislators have introduced three strong bills this session to provide paid family and medical leave (PFML). PFML policies help families achieve financial security, strengthen businesses and the public-sector,…

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January 21, 2020 by WVCBP
Unemployment Insurance in West Virginia: A Good System With Room For Improvement (NELP Report)

This report was written by Michele Evermore, Senior Policy Analyst with the National Employment Law Center (NELP) While the US economy is flashing signs of a potential economic downturn in the future, West Virginia’s unemployment insurance system is in a precarious situation that needs immediate attention. Unemployment Insurance (UI) is more than just a lifeline…

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January 13, 2020 by Sean O'Leary
The State of West Virginia’s Immigrants

West Virginia’s immigrants come from all over the world and while a small share of the populations, they are broadly represented throughout the state’s workforce and economy. Read PDF of report. But a fuller conversation about immigrants tends to be overshadowed by the controversy in the U.S. around immigration reform. This conversation all too often…

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November 19, 2019 by Ted Boettner
West Virginia’s Jobs Picture (October 2019)

The Labor Department released state unemployment and job figures for October today that show there has been no statistically significant increase in jobs over the last year in West Virginia. According to preliminary figures, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in October was 4.8% and payroll employment stood at 733,100, an increase of 3,200 from October…

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November 15, 2019 by Seth DiStefano
Seth DiStefano: For Low-Wage Workers, What Comes Next?

Charleston Gazette-Mail - Recently, residents of the Kanawha Valley have heard a great deal from elected officials about the success of the sports complex at Shawnee Park and the remodeling of the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center. The conversations about these two projects always find their way back to the same term: economic development. Read op-ed.…

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October 16, 2019 by WVCBP
Lewis County Girls are Lucky to Have Many Positive Role Models

The Weston Democrat - When we first started talking about the unusually high number of women in leadership roles compared to other counties, one topic was how to narrow the list down to a manageable amount to cover. We focused on women in Lewis County who are elected officials or work for a government entity, in…

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