Predicting West Virginia's Future (Current Balance: $76.8m)

We project that West Virginia's fund will remain solvent, but the state is taking no chances, increasing the average tax on businesses from $216 to $348 per employee and freezing increases in benefits for the foreseeable future.

This news application is no longer being updated as of February 3, 2011. The historical data is still accurate.

  In Trouble: West Virginia's unemployment fund will likely be depleted in six months or less.

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6 Month Projection Unemployment Rate (November) Net Income (December) Avg. Weekly Benefit % of Unemployed
Receiving Benefits
Insolvent 8.8% $-16.1m $253.4 38.0%
National: 9% Rank: 14 of 51 Rank: 40 of 51 Rank: 21 of 51

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Sources: Google Public Data, Department of Labor, Treasury Department.