The West Virginia. Center for Civic Life is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that helps engage our citizens in community discussions of important public issues that affect our state and nation.
Economic insecurity haunts many of West Virginia’s working families. Good-paying jobs in mining and manufacturing are on the decline. Most new jobs are in the service sector, which provide lower wages and fewer benefits. The traditional safety net for the unemployed has shrunk substantially under new, stricter welfare laws. The net effect is that West Virginia has the lowest median household income in the country, and the highest child poverty rate except for the District of Columbia.
Our forums have explored three different approaches to helping families make ends meet:
There are no quick fixes, but with sustained effort it’s likely that we can make a positive difference.
Economic Insecurity in West Virginia is one of the issues developed by The West Virginia Center for Civic Life for discussion and action in deliberative forums.