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Workforce West Virginia





Our Mission

WorkForce West Virginia is a network of work force development services designed to provide West Virginia’s citizens and employers the opportunity to compete in a global economy.

WorkForce West Virginia makes available education and training to ensure citizens have the skills needed to meet the needs of current and future employers.

Our Organization

WorkForce West Virginia is a one-stop center for work force resources, including job opportunities, unemployment compensation, training, tax incentives and labor market information. All of our services are available at 13 comprehensive career centers throughout the state. In addition, WorkForce West Virginia has the largest online database of job seekers and job openings in the state at www.workforcewv.org. Our services and programs include the following:

One-Stop Field Operations: WorkForce West Virginia provides in-person services to job seekers and employers. Job seekers receive career counseling, resume services, job referrals, unemployment compensation services and training/education resources as needed. WorkForce West Virginia can help recruit and screen job applicants to find the right workers for a business, saving employers time and money.

Using WorkKeys® assessments, West Virginia Career Readiness Certificates are issued to potential employees to validate the skill levels needed for successful workers.

Dislocated Worker Services Unit: The Dislocated Worker Services Unit provides on-site assistance to workers and employers who experience mass dislocations. The Rapid Response Team can provide information on re-employment, transition services and group unemployment claims information.

If workers are separated from their employment due to foreign competition, the Trade Assistance Act program can provide funding for education and retraining.

Tax Credits: The Work Opportunity Tax Credit provides tax savings for employers who hire individuals from target populations. The Military Incentive Program includes tax benefits for employers who hire qualified veterans. The Employment Services division oversees our online work force database.

Unemployment Compensation (UC): UC services include benefit payments, eligibility decisions, appeal decisions, new-employer accounts and tax operations. The division also tracks unemployment trends and funding levels for the Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund.

The U.S. Department of Labor has recognized the West Virginia Unemployment Compensation program by presenting the division with the 2008 Pinnacle Award, the highest achievement in performance nationwide.

Labor Market Information: Labor market information programs provide data for business planning, including information on occupational and industry wages, employment statistics, worker availability, employment trends, economic indicators, unemployment insurance and labor markets.
Russell Fry
Russell Fry
Acting Executive Director
558-7024
Russell.L.Fry@wv.gov


WorkForce West Virginia
112 California Ave.
Charleston, WV 25305-0311
304-558-7024
FAX: 304-558-1343
www.workforcewv.org

Valerie Comer
Deputy Executive Director
Valerie.V.Comer@wv.gov

To locate a career center near you, visit www.workforcewv.org