Charleston, WV (AP) -- Workforce West Virginia is seeing a surge in unemployed residents seeking help.
Dave Watson with the agency's Charleston office says unemployment claims filed at that office have risen by 63 percent compared to 2008.
Watson says the office saw an average of 320 people a day last year.
This year, an average of more than 520 people come to the office each day to file unemployment claims or follow up on claims.
Bunny Harper works at the office helping people file unemployment claims.
Harper says she takes each case personally because she knows what it's like to be unemployed.
She was laid off after working for 16 years for the old state workers' compensation office and its private sector successor, Brickstreet Insurance.
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