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August 3, 2021

Here’s What Happened When Gov. Justice Cut Off WV Federal Unemployment Dollars

Mountain State Spotlight – Mandy Bock is still wearing the contact lenses she got in early May. She should have swapped them out after two weeks, but she’s rationing them, alternating with a pair of broken glasses. Read the full article.

“I’m afraid to [buy new contacts] because what if I need that money for something else?” Bock said. “I’ve got two credit cards that are up higher than I would like them to be. I don’t like being in debt at all.”

Bock, who lives in Waverly, about a 20-minute drive from Parkersburg, got laid off from her department store job at the beginning of the pandemic. While some West Virginia businesses have complained they haven’t been able to find workers, Bock said she hasn’t been able to find a job. She managed to get contracted work from November to December but has been unemployed since. 

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