Unemployment, Coronavirus Relief And Working Moms On This West Virginia Morning


On this West Virginia Morning, one woman has advice for single moms working through the pandemic. Also, we explore the unemployment challenges that remain and the debate over another federal relief package.

Coronavirus cases are surging across the Ohio Valley, and unemployment remains high. Congress allocated $1.25 billion in discretionary funds to West Virginia through the federal CARES or the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. Now, federal lawmakers appear deadlocked on additional relief. Sydney Boles reports.

In September, 80 percent of workers who left the labor force were women, according to the National Women’s Law Center. Jessica Lilly spoke with two women who have worked throughout the pandemic.

Funds from the federal CARES Act are helping people to pay rent, pay for child care, and other modern necessities. Still, not every new challenge has been addressed during the pandemic. One woman is hoping to help bring new ideas to the region. Jessica Lilly has more.

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