West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.

Business

West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.

Education

West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.

Employment

West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.

Family

West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.

Health

Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.

Tourism

Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 Maximum Weekly Unemployment Benefit Increases

6/10/2008 Charleston, W.Va. - West Virginia’s maximum unemployment compensation weekly benefit rate will increase from $408 to $424 beginning July 1, 2008, according to Ronald E. Radcliff, WORKFORCE West Virginia executive director.

The benefit rate is determined by the amount of wages paid in a claimant’s base period. Other eligibility requirements and possible causes for disqualification also may affect a claimant’s benefit entitlement.

By law, the maximum weekly benefit rate in West Virginia is 66.66 percent of the average weekly wages paid in “covered employment” during the preceding calendar year. “Covered employment” refers to work covered by the West Virginia Unemployment Compensation Law.

To qualify for the maximum weekly benefit rate, an unemployed worker must have earned wages of $40,150 in covered employment during two or more quarters of the worker's 12-month base period.

All unemployment compensation claimants are potentially entitled to 26 times their weekly benefit amount during each benefit year. Therefore, the maximum total benefit amount available is $11,024.  The minimum weekly benefit rate will remain at $24.
 
This year’s new unemployment compensation rate will apply to claims made on or after July 6, 2008. The maximum rate is subject to change each July.

Unemployed individuals should call the nearest unemployment compensation office if they have any questions regarding the maximum weekly benefit increase.

Contact Information

Michael Moore
304-558-2624