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  1. August 31, 2015
    WORKFORCE WEST VIRGINIA FILES PREVAILING WAGE EMERGENCY RULE

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Chelsea A. Ruby, 304-957-9364     Charleston, W.Va. – WorkForce West Virginia...

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  2. January 7, 2015
    “Operation Opportunity Initiative” to help W.Va. veterans with free hotel rooms

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Hilton Worldwide and WorkForce West Virginia announce “Operation Opportunity Initiative”, which will...

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  3. April 9, 2014
    West Virginia State Parks seek lifeguards for summer swimming areas

    Summer jobs can be career builders         SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – With warm weather...

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  4. April 1, 2014
    Physical Agility Tests for West Virginia Natural Resources Police Officer candidates April 11 or April 12, 2014

        SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Physical Agility Tests (PAT) have been scheduled for anyone interested in applying...

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  5. February 28, 2014
    West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of Feb. 24-28, 2014

        ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of Feb. 24, 2014:   Back Fork of Elk River ...

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  6. November 26, 2013
    WorkForce West Virginia announces employment workshops are now available for Veterans, National Guard members, Reservists

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.  – Current and former armed forces members and their spouses can register for a three-day employment workshop...

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  7. October 31, 2013
    WorkForce West Virginia To Provide Paid Training To Displaced Coal Miners And Their Families

    $1.8 Million Available Through A Federal Grant Program CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The State of West Virginia has received a $1.8...

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  8. September 27, 2013
    WorkForce West Virginia Office Announces its South Branch Office Is Moving

    Moorefield, W.Va. —WorkForce West Virginia today announced its South Branch location in Moorefield will be moving to a new...

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  9. April 24, 2013
    Physical Agility Tests for West Virginia Natural Resources Police Officer candidates May 17 or May 18, 2013

        SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Physical Agility Tests (PAT) have been scheduled for anyone interested in applying...

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  10. January 4, 2013
    Federally Funded Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Extended Through 2013

    Charleston, W.Va. – Federally funded Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits have been extended by one year for...

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  11. December 13, 2012
    Federally Funded Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Expires December 29

    Charleston, W.Va. – Legislation passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama on February 22, 2012 extended the...

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  12. November 21, 2012
    Deadline to File Disaster Unemployment Assistance is November 26

    Charleston, W.Va. -- In October, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and WorkForce West Virginia Acting Executive Director Russell Fry...

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  13. November 16, 2012
    Physical Agility Tests for West Virginia Natural Resources Police Officer candidates December 7 and 8, 2012

        SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Physical Agility Tests (PAT) have been scheduled for anyone interested in applying...

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  14. October 25, 2012
    Residents in 16 Additional Counties Eligible to Apply for Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance

    Charleston, W.Va. -- Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) benefits will be available to qualifying persons residing or working...

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  15. October 16, 2012
    Deadline for Disaster Unemployment Assistance October 22

    Charleston, W.Va. - West Virginians who live in Fayette, Kanawha, Nicholas, and Raleigh counties have until October 22, 2012, to...

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  16. October 12, 2012
    Dislocated Miners and Family Members Invited to Informational Sessions on Training Grant

    Charleston, W.Va. — WorkForce West Virginia encourages dislocated miners and displaced homemakers impacted  by a coal mining lay...

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  17. October 1, 2012
    Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Tier Three Benefits Trigger On 9/23/12 in West Virginia

    Charleston, W.Va. -- The United States Department of Labor has notified West Virginia that our state has triggered on Emergency...

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  18. September 21, 2012
    Residents in Fayette, Kanawha, Nicholas, and Raleigh Counties Eligible to Apply for Federal Disaster Unemployment Funds

    Charleston, W.Va. -- WorkForce West Virginia Acting Executive Director Russell Fry announced today that Disaster Unemployment...

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  19. August 30, 2012
    Federal EUC Tier One Benefits Reduction from 20 Weeks to 14 Weeks Effective 9/2/12

    Charleston, W.Va. - The U.S. Department of Labor has notified West Virginia that federally funded Tier 1 Emergency Unemployment...

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  20. August 14, 2012
    Rapid Response Meetings Planned for RG Steel Workers

    Charleston, W.Va.  -- The WorkForce West Virginia Dislocated Workers’ Services Unit has organized Rapid Response Informational...

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  21. August 7, 2012
    New Campaign Showcases In-Demand Careers, WVCTCS, Scholarship Contest

    Charleston, W.Va. – EarnMoreWV is a new campaign promoting West Virginia’s in-demand manufacturing careers and the two-year...

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  22. July 9, 2012
    Physical Agility Tests for West Virginia Natural Resources Police Officer candidates July 20 or 21

    Three positions open statewide SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Physical Agility Tests (PAT) have been scheduled for anyone...

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  23. June 26, 2012
    New laws impact Unemployment Compensation

    Three new laws that impact Unemployment Compensation have been put into place effective July 1, 2012. Learn more…

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  24. June 19, 2012
    Federally Funded Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Tier 3 Ends for West Virginia

    Charleston, W.Va. – Due to a decrease in West Virginia’s total unemployment rate, claimants in West Virginia will no longer be...

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  25. June 8, 2012
    Drop in State Unemployment Rate Triggers Change in Federal Extended Benefits

    Charleston, W.Va. – Due to a decrease in West Virginia’s total unemployment rate, claimants in West Virginia will no longer be...

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  26. May 30, 2012
    Gestamp Plant Now Hiring Production Positions

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – WorkForce West Virginia is now accepting employment applications for the position of production worker at...

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  27. May 17, 2012
    Deadline to File Disaster Unemployment Assistance for Lincoln and Mingo Counties is May 23, 2012

    Charleston, W.Va. -- In April, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and WorkForce West Virginia Acting Executive Director Russell Fry...

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  28. May 15, 2012
    Sign up for great summer lifeguarding jobs at Babcock State Park or Kanawha State Forest

        SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Lifeguarding is great work experience in an outdoor setting. Lifeguarding positions...

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  29. May 15, 2012
    Deadline to File Disaster Unemployment Assistance for Harrison, Preston, and Taylor Counties is May 21, 2012

    Charleston, W.Va. -- In April, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and WorkForce West Virginia Acting Executive Director Russell Fry...

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  30. April 24, 2012
    GOVERNOR TOMBLIN ANNOUNCES HUNDREDS OF NEW JOBS COMING TO KANAWHA VALLEY

    Gestamp, $11 billion international company, locating to former South Charleston Stamping and Manufacturing Plant   Audio: Sound...

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  31. April 23, 2012
    Residents in Two Additional Counties Eligible to Apply for Federal Disaster Unemployment Funds

    Charleston, W.Va. -- WorkForce West Virginia Acting Executive Director Russell Fry announced that Disaster Unemployment...

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  32. April 20, 2012
    RESIDENTS IN THREE ADDITIONAL COUNTIES ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR FEDERAL DISASTER UMEMPLOYMENT FUNDS

    Today WorkForce West Virginia Acting Executive Director Russell Fry announced that Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA)...

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  33. April 4, 2012
    CLARIFICATION: REDUCTION IN FEDERAL EXTENDED BENEFITS (EB) TO AFFECT LIMITED CLAIMANTS

    Charleston, W.Va. -- Effective April 8, 2012, a limited number of West Virginians receiving federally funded extended...

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  34. March 26, 2012
    Residents in Logan County Eligible to Apply for Federal Disaster Unemployment Funds

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Today Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and WorkForce West Virginia Acting Executive Director Russell Fry together...

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  35. March 23, 2012
    Residents in Three Counties Eligible to Apply for Federal Disaster Unemployment Funds

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Today Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and WorkForce West Virginia Acting Executive Director Russell Fry together...

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  36. January 19, 2012
    New website is one-stop shop for active military, veterans and families

    Charleston, W.Va. –  As hundreds of West Virginia veterans return home after serving their country overseas, there is now a...

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  37. November 17, 2011
    Eastern Hardwoods opens lumber business in Randolph County

    Eastern Hardwoods has started operations in the location of the former Coastal Lumber in Dailey. The company purchased the land,...

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  38. November 8, 2011
    Amazon.com celebrates Huntington customer service center expansion; expects to add 200 full-time jobs by 2014

    Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and other dignitaries joined Amazon.com, Inc. on Nov. 4 to mark the opening of the company’s new customer...

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  39. November 7, 2011
    Governor Tomblin and Amazon Celebrate Grand Opening of Company’s New Customer Service Center in Huntington, W.Va.

    Company to create more than 200 full-time jobs by end of 2014 HUNTINGTON – November 4, 2011 – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, Amazon.com...

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  40. October 17, 2011
    New Round of Physical Agility Tests (PAT) set for W.Va. Natural Resources Police Officer candidates Oct. 28 or 29

    Five positions open statewide     SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Another round of Physical Agility Tests (PAT)...

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  41. September 29, 2011
    THAI FIRM’S FIRST NORTH AMERICAN MANUFACTURING AND R&D FACILITY TO OPEN IN WEST VIRGINIA, CREATE 25 HIGH TECH JOBS

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced today that Precision Converting Solutions (PCS) LLC will open a specialty...

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  42. September 2, 2011
    Update on Federal Unemployment Compensation Benefits

    What is the latest news on federal unemployment compensation benefits?  On August 19, 2011, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)...

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  43. August 30, 2011
    Physical Agility Tests (PAT) set for W.Va. Natural Resources Police Officer candidates Oct. 7 or 8; Five positions open

        SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Applications are being accepted now for five Natural Resources Police Officer (NRPO...

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  44. August 15, 2011
    Rapid Response Meetings Aug. 17 for Coastal Lumber Workers

    Information Provided on Unemployment and Support Services Aurora, WV—Workers at Coastal Lumber who were affected by a company...

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  45. July 19, 2011
    WorkForce West Virginia Launches New Online Contribution Reporting System for Employers

    Charleston, WV – West Virginia employers have a new online tool to file unemployment insurance quarterly wage and contribution...

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  46. July 19, 2011
    NGK Spark Plugs Honored as "Employer of the Year" for Workforce Development

    Charleston, W.Va. – NGK Spark Plugs in Sissonville was recently named an “Employer of the Year” by WorkForce West Virginia for...

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  47. July 19, 2011
    West Virginia’s Unemployment Rate at 8.6 Percent in June

    West Virginia’s unemployment rate remained at 8.6 percent in June, WorkForce West Virginia reported today. The number of...

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  48. June 17, 2011
    Northwood Health Systems Honored for Workforce Development

    Charleston, W.Va – Northwood Health Systems was recently named an “Employer of the Year” by WorkForce West Virginia for its...

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  49. June 17, 2011
    Ecolab Recognized for Workforce Development Efforts

    Charleston, W.Va – Ecolab was recently named  an “Employer of the Year” by WorkForce West Virginia for its outstanding...

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  50. June 17, 2011
    Columbia/Unilin/Mohawk Flooring Honored as “Employer of the Year”

    Charleston, W.Va. – Columbia/Unilin/Mohawk Flooring was recently named an “Employer of the Year” by WorkForce West Virginia for...

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  51. June 17, 2011
    Armstrong Honored as “Employer of the Year” for Workforce Development

    Charleston, W.Va. – Armstrong Hardwood Flooring was recently named an “Employer of the Year” by WorkForce West Virginia for its...

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  52. June 17, 2011
    DuPont Washington Works Honored for Workforce Development

    Charleston, W.Va – DuPont Washington Works was recently named an “Employer of the Year” by WorkForce West Virginia for their ...

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  53. June 17, 2011
    Goodrich Honored as “Employer of the Year” for Workforce Development

    Charleston, W.Va. – Goodrich Sensors & Integrated Systems in Union was recently named an “Employer of the Year” by...

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  54. June 17, 2011
    Apogee Honored as “Employer of the Year” for Workforce Development

    Charleston, W.Va – Apogee Coal Company was recently named an “Employer of the Year” by WorkForce West Virginia for its...

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  55. June 14, 2011
    West Virginia’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 8.6 Percent in May

    West Virginia’s unemployment rate inched downward one-tenth of a percentage point to 8.6 percent in May, WorkForce West...

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  56. June 13, 2011
    Stonewall Resort and Babcock State Parks looking for summer naturalists

        SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Two W.Va. state parks are seeking summer employees to conduct nature interpretative...

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  57. June 9, 2011
    Physical Agility Test for Natural Resources Police Officer candidates June 10 an 11

        SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The application deadline for 14 open Natural Resources Police Officer (NRPO)...

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  58. June 9, 2011
    WorkForce West Virginia Recognizes State Employers for Workforce Development Efforts

    Charleston, W.Va. -- WorkForce West Virginia honored eight state employers to recognize their outstanding commitment to...

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  59. May 24, 2011
    New Location of WorkForce West Virginia Logan Office

    Charleston, W.Va. -- Effective May 31, 2011, the WorkForce West Virginia Logan office will move from 214 Dingess Street to its...

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  60. May 23, 2011
    Direct Deposit Now Available for West Virginia Unemployment Compensation Claimants

    Charleston, W.Va. — Unemployment compensation claimants in West Virginia may now receive their benefits through direct deposit,...

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  61. May 18, 2011
    Supply chain company to open operations center, create 75 jobs, in Berkeley County

    Hollingsworth Logistics LLC is coming to Martinsburg, and creating 75 new full-time jobs in the process. The supply chain...

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  62. May 18, 2011
    WV Natural Resources Police Officer Candidates Invited to Apply; 14 positions open statewide

        SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Applications are being accepted for 14 open Natural Resources Police Officer (NRPO)...

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  63. May 16, 2011
    West Virginia’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 8.8 Percent in April

    West Virginia’s unemployment rate declined nine-tenths of a percentage point to 8.8 percent in April, WorkForce West Virginia...

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  64. May 3, 2011
    AMAZON.COM TO EXPAND SERVICE CENTER, ADD 200 FULL-TIME JOBS, IN KINETIC PARK

    Amazon.com announced plans to build a new 70,000-square-foot customer service center in Kinetic Park in Huntington. Amazon will...

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  65. May 3, 2011
    WORKFORCE WEST VIRGINIA RECEIVES KUDOS FROM U.S. DEPT. OF LABOR

    The U.S. Department of Labor ranks West Virginia first in the country for timeliness in the adjudication of non-monetary...

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  66. April 11, 2011
    West Virginia’s Unemployment Rate At 9.7 Percent in March

    West Virginia’s unemployment rate declined one-half of a percentage point to 9.7 percent in March, WorkForce West Virginia...

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  67. December 28, 2010
    Advantage Valley Regional Development Planning Process Moving Forward

    Charleston, W.Va. – Local officials from economic development, workforce development, education, and employer groups will soon...

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  68. December 21, 2010
    Update on federal unemployment compensation benefits

    Congress has extended Federal unemployment compensation for 13 months. The maximum number of potential total payable benefit...

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  69. December 1, 2010
    Update on federal unemployment compensation benefits

    Congress has not acted to extend federal unemployment compensation benefits that expired November 30. What does this mean for...

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  70. November 8, 2010
    WorkForce West Virginia Recovers Money from Fraudulent Unemployment Benefit Claims

    CHARLESTON, W.VA. –  The Unemployment Compensation Division of WorkForce West Virginia announced today that $147,419.28 in...

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  71. October 12, 2010
    Employers may qualify for two new tax breaks for hiring unemployed individuals

    Tax breaks are part of the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act. Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE...

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  72. July 24, 2010
    Congress has acted to extend certain federal unemployment benefits.

    UPDATE ON FEDERAL UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION BENEFITS 7.24.10 Unemployment Q&A 

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  73. July 15, 2010
    Dislocated workers:

    Get unbiased financial advice and information on protecting yourself from investment fraud and job scams during a period of...

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  74. July 12, 2010
    Lewis County added to areas eligible to apply for federal disaster enemployment funds

    CHARLESTON, W.VA. –  Governor Joe Manchin announced today that Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) benefits will be available...

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  75. July 6, 2010
    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...

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  76. May 25, 2010
    West Virginia teams with Microsoft to offer technology training

    Microsoft’s Elevate America Provides Vouchers for Free Online Courses CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia and Microsoft have...

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  77. April 20, 2010
    Deadline approaching for Fayette, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Mercer and Raleigh residents to apply for DUA

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. –Gov. Joe Manchin and WorkForce West Virginia announced last month that West Virginians living or working in...

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  78. April 14, 2010
    WorkForce West Virginia Recovers Money from Fraudulent Unemployment Benefit Claims

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 14, 2010 CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Unemployment Compensation Division of WorkForce West Virginia...

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  79. April 1, 2010
    Residents in five counties eligible to apply for federal disaster unemployment funds

    Charleston, W.Va. – Gov. Joe Manchin announced today that Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) benefits will be available to...

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  80. March 3, 2010
    WorkForce West Virginia Receives Broadband Grant

    Charleston, W.Va. – The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) today...

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  81. February 18, 2010
    WorkForce West Virginia Receives $250,000 Grant for Regional Economic Development

    Charleston, W.Va. – The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded WorkForce West Virginia a $250,000 Regional Innovation Grant to...

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  82. January 20, 2010
    WorkForce West Virginia Recovers Money from Fraudulent Unemployment Benefit Claims

    Charleston, W.Va. – The Unemployment Compensation Division of WorkForce West Virginia announced today that $91,487.70 in...

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  83. December 1, 2009
    Gov. Joe Manchin celebrates success of statewide work force credentialing program

    More than 10,000 West Virginians are certified in first year CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Joe Manchin today celebrated a milestone...

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  84. November 12, 2009
    WorkForce West Virginia Receives Award for Re-employment Services

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The American Institute for Full Employment awarded the 2009 Full Employment Performance Award to WorkForce...

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