Gov Justice: 130,000 unemployment claims have been filed since March 1 in WV

CHARLESTON, WV (WOAY) – Gov. Justice has announced that the total number of unemployment claims in West Virginia since March 1 has now reached 130,000.

“We’re continuing to try to catch up,” Gov. Justice said. “During that same time period, we would have probably processed 3,000-5,000 cases on a normal basis.

“When you try to jam into a jar something that’s 40 times as much, jamming it into that jar gets difficult,” Gov. Justice continued. “A lot of people have done a lot of really, really good work, there’s no question about that. But, you still have a lot of people who are home, who are hurting, who are waiting on us.”

The Governor announced that officials at Workforce West Virginia anticipate that, with additional staffing already in place, the backlog will be caught up by the end of next week.

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