Charleston, W.Va. (Ap) -- West Virginia will receive more than $11 million in federal stimulus money to help pay unemployment benefits.
Gov. Joe Manchin says the money from the U.S. Department of Labor will help offset unemployment benefit costs for small and large employers across the state.
To receive a share of $7 billion available through unemployment insurance modernization incentive funds, states must include certain eligibility provisions in their unemployment programs.
West Virginia qualified by allowing workers to use their most recent earnings when applying for benefits.
U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis says West Virginia recognizes the importance of providing a safety net to workers who recently entered the work force and lost their jobs.
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