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April 1, 2020

West Virginia Unemployment Filings Blow Past 90,000

WV Metro News – West Virginia has been slammed with more than 90,000 initial unemployment claims as businesses shut down and shed employees during the coronavirus pandemic. Read/listen.

To demonstrate the fast and furious pace of the filings, state Commerce Secretary Ed Gaunch described more than 80,000 filings this morning on MetroNews’ “Talkline.”

An hour later, Gov. Jim Justice described about 90,000 unemployment filings during a daily news briefing.

When MetroNews sought clarity from Workforce West Virginia, the reply was, “Due to the continual increase, you are correct in stating “more than 90,000” in March.

A normal month of initial unemployment claims in West Virginia is about 5,000.

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