How Senator Joe Manchin’s Cuts to Unemployment Benefits Will Hurt His State of West Virginia

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How Senator Joe Manchin’s cuts to unemployment benefits will hurt his state of West Virginia

West Virginia is already the poorest state in the country. It’ll be even poorer because of Senator Manchin’s cuts to benefits in the American Rescue Plan.

West Virginia suffers from poverty, poor education and healthcare. This interactive map shows the West Virginia counties that will suffer the most from the benefits cut by Senator Joe Manchin’s from America Rescue Plan.

DemLabs designed this analysis with the free StoryMaps app using data from Community Atlas and public news sources.

West Virginia

More than a tenth of the state’s civilian labor force, or 90,000 people, filed for unemployment benefits last month as the coronavirus dealt a crushing blow to an already ailing West Virginia economy.

WV remains one of the poorest states in the country, where one in five children struggle to access food

Two in 10 West Virginians are 65 or older, and nearly half of adults have a higher risk of developing a serious case of Covid-19.

Senator Joe Manchin cuts benefits that would helped his state of West Virginia.

Political oath needed

Physician’s take the Hippocratic Oath to use their powers to do good. It includes this promise:

Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given me to save a life, all thanks.
But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty.
Above all, I must not play at God.

Perhaps politicians should also take an oath to not harm people who trust them?


Image credit: Dorothea Lange
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