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Low-Wage Workers Are Less Likely to Have Access to a Retirement Plan at Work

July 24, 2014
Lack of retirement assets is a leading cause of poverty among the elderly. Four out of five working households in the U.S. have saved less than one year of income for retirement. Voluntary Employee Retirement Accounts (VERA) would help West Virginians save for their futures.
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State of Working West Virginia 2014: Economic Recovery and Transition in the Mountain State

September 30, 2014
This report is the seventh in an annual series that examines the state of West Virginia’s economy as it impacts working people. Each year, we examine the latest available data on employment, income, productivity and job quality as well as the immediate economic challenges and opportunities. Read PDF of report.  The themes have varied from year to year with changes in the economy but the basic goal remains the same: to look at what can sometimes seem to be dreary numbers and indicators from the point of view of those who actually do the work.
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Everyone Benefits When Workers Have Access to Sick Days

September 11, 2014
Everybody Needs Time Off from Work and 227,000 West Virginia Workers Lack Access to Paid Sick Days: Caring for a sick child, an elderly parent, or ourselves, all of us sometimes need time off from work. But many workers in West Virginia don’t have any source of income when they must take time off for their own health or to care for their family.
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Child Poverty Rate Remains One of the Highest in the Country

September 18, 2014
In 2013, poverty remained high in West Virginia. While the state’s economy has grown since the end of the recession, that growth has not been widely shared, as thousands of West Virginians continue to struggle to afford basic necessities like housing, nutritious food, and reliable child care and transportation.  
 
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    State of Working West Virginia 2014: Economic Recovery and Transition in the Mountain State
    September 30, 2014 This report is the seventh in an annual series that examines the state of West Virginia’s economy as it impacts working people. Each year, we examine the latest available data on employment, income, productivity and job quality as well as the immediate economic challenges and opportunities.…
    Gambling With Children’s Health
    September 19, 2014 The health of of close to 25,000 children in West Virginia is at risk if Congress does not chose to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). As  Senator Jay Rockefeller mentioned in today’s Charleston Gazette, defunding CHIP could hurt not only children’s health but making it harder for families to make ends meet. …
    Child Poverty Rate Remains One of the Highest in the Country
    September 18, 2014 In 2013, poverty remained high in West Virginia. While the state’s economy has grown since the end of the recession, that growth has not been widely shared, as thousands of West Virginians continue to struggle to afford basic necessities like housing, nutritious food, and reliable child care and transportation.
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    September 26, 2014 More on Last Week’s Poverty Numbers: Rich Getting Richer Last week ‘s data on poverty in West Virginia showed that the number of children and families living in poverty is still too high.…
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    September 25, 2014 On November 4th, a constitutional amendment will be on the ballot to allow the Boy Scouts of America to rent out its Summit Bechtel Reserve to for-profit businesses without losing its non-profit property tax-exempt status.…
    Census Data Show Rich Getting Richer in West Virginia
    September 23, 2014 Last week’s release of the American Community Survey (ACS) data contained more than just poverty statistics. It also contained some interesting information about income trends in West Virginia. As we noted last week, one of the reasons poverty has been slow to fall, despite economic growth, is income inequality, with little of the past three decades of economic growth reaching the poor and middle class (for more on that topic read this).…
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