Pandemic's Impact On Young People, Education, Jobs On This West Virginia Morning


On this West Virginia Morning, we explore how the pandemic is affecting West Virginia’s higher education institutions and recent graduates looking for work.

House of Delegates member Democrat Danielle Walker of Monongalia County is calling on Gov. Jim Justice to address a rise in white supremacy and messages of hate across West Virginia. Dave Mistich reports.

State officials are facing questions following a report by the Charleston Gazette-Mail that the state government has stopped reporting school-related COVID-19 cases. As Caitlin Tan reports, the state’s largest education union responded in a press release Wednesday.

It’s been about a month since all of West Virginia’s public and private four-year institutions started their fall 2020 semesters. It’s no surprise that reopening in this historic year has been a challenge for all the state’s schools. Education reporter Liz McCormick brings us this look at the coronavirus pandemic’s impact, so far, on our colleges and universities.

The coronavirus has created an economic nightmare. Across the country about a million jobs have disappeared in six months and more layoffs are likely this fall. In West Virginia, the pandemic doubled the state’s unemployment rate. That means 75,000 West Virginians are looking for work. Many of those searching for work are young people who’ve just graduated.

In the most recent episode of WVPB’s show Us & Them, host Trey Kay speaks with young people around the state, who are navigating their way through the pandemic and into the workforce. In this excerpt, a 2020 graduate is feeling uncertain as she steps off into uncharted terrain.

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