Last week, to many people’s surprise, West Virginia’s legislature flipped from blue to red with the GOP picking up 18 seats in the House of Delegates and eight seats in the State Senate. It appears that Mercer County State Senator and car dealership owner Bill Cole will become the new Senate President and that current minority leader and lawyer Tim Armstead from Kanawha County will become the new Speaker of the House of Delegates.
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.
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.
As thousands of West Virginians approach retirement age, workplace retirement plans, along with Social Security and personal savings, are of growing importance. A secure retirement allows retired workers to live independently, pay for healthcare, and continue to contribute to the state’s economy. Read PDF of report.
But in West Virginia, more than 349,000 workers, over half of the private-sector workforce, do not participate in an employer-sponsored retirement plan.