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This article first appeared on www.metronews.com

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — ... Workforce West Virginia Acting Commissioner Scott Adkins said the unveiling of the application process for a whole new set of jobless West Virginians went about as smoothly as it could have Friday evening.

Typically the self-employed, gig workers, independent contractors, free lancers, or those with a limited work history do not qualify for jobless benefits. However, through special circumstances brought on by the Covid 19 virus, they are now eligible. The website for them to register to receive those benefits went live around 10 p.m. Friday.

The system actually registered 9,000 on the first night for the unemployment compensation provided by the federal CARES Act.

“By all indications it’s working just fine, but I would encourage anyone who has an issue or a glitch with their application to go ahead and call us at 1-800-252-JOBS (5627). We have developers standing by to address those problems in real time,” he said.

Since the classification of the self employed is new, it also produced a load of questions on Saturday’s Talkline show. One of the biggest was how to qualify for the much talked about $600 a week benefit from the federal government on top of the state unemployment compensation. According to Adkins, the threshold to qualify for the federal compensation isn’t very difficult to reach.

Listen to the full interview here: WVMetroNews on Twitter



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