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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

 Residents In Four Counties Eligible To Apply For Federal Disaster Unemployment Funds


Charleston, W.Va. – Gov. Joe Manchin has announced that Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) benefits will be available to qualifying persons residing or working in Logan, McDowell, Mingo and Wyoming counties.  The areas were given major disaster status by Governor Manchin and President Obama on June 24, 2010.

“Individuals who live or work in these affected counties and have lost their jobs due to the recent bad weather, are encouraged to apply for these federal benefits,” said Michael Moore, director of the Unemployment Compensation Division. The disaster is for the severe storms, flooding, mudslides and landslides that began June 12, 2010.

Claims must be filed by Aug. 5, 2010.

The benefits cover self-employed workers not usually eligible for unemployment insurance, including farmers. At the time DUA claims are filed, applicants will need to provide proof of past earnings such as business records or bank statements, as well as their most recent income tax forms.  Any WorkForce West Virginia One Stop Office can accept DUA claims including the following offices serving the affected areas: Logan, Welch and Williamson.

Those eligible for benefits in addition to individuals who lost their jobs directly due to the severe storms, flooding, mudslides and landslides may also include: (1) individuals who are unable to reach their job or self-employment location because they must travel through the affected area and are prevented from doing so by the disaster, (2) individuals who were to commence employment or self-employment but were prevented by the disaster, (3) individuals who became the main source of income or major support for a household because of the death of the head of household due to the disaster, or (4) individuals who cannot work or perform services in self-employment because of an injury caused as a direct result of the disaster.

Unemployment is a direct result of the major disaster if the unemployment resulted from: (1) the physical damage or destruction of the place of employment; (2) the physical inaccessibility of the place of employment due to its closure by federal, state or local government in immediate response to the disaster; or (3) lack of work or loss of revenues, if, prior to the disaster, the employer or self-employed business received at least a majority of its revenue or income from an entity in the major disaster area that was damaged or destroyed in the disaster, or an entity in the major disaster area was closed by federal, state or local government.

For more information on DUA, call 304-558-3309.

In addition to disaster unemployment assistance, WorkForce West Virginia Career Centers offer re-employment services, including testing, counseling and job placement. For more information, visit www.workforcewv.org or call 1-800-252-JOBS (5627); TDD: 304-558-1549.

WorkForce West Virginia is an equal opportunity employer/program and auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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