Beckley Register-Herald – The length of time people can receive unemployment benefits in West Virginia would decrease under a bill that advanced through the Senate Monday.
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The legislation, SB 59, would cap unemployment benefits – currently a maximum of 26 weeks – at 12 weeks of benefits if the unemployment rate is below 5.5 percent. The length of benefits would climb to a maximum of 20 weeks if unemployment grew. Under the measure, the rate of benefits would be calculated based on the statewide unemployment rate and wouldn’t take into account job availability in smaller, rural counties.
The Senate passed similar legislation last year, but the bills failed to make it out of the House for the governor’s consideration.
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