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WVC 21 A- 6 - 10

§21A-6-10. Benefit rate -- Total unemployment; annual computation and publication of rates.

(a) Each eligible individual who is totally unemployed in any week shall be paid benefits with respect to that week at the weekly rate appearing in Column (C) in the benefit table in this section, on the line on which in Column (A) there is indicated the employee's wage class, except as otherwise provided under the term "total and partial unemployment" in section twenty-seven, article one-a of this chapter. The employee's wage class shall be determined by his or her base period wages as shown in Column (B) in the benefit table. The right of an employee to receive benefits shall not be prejudiced nor the amount thereof be diminished by reason of failure by an employer to pay either the wages earned by the employee or the contribution due on such wages. An individual who is totally unemployed but earns in excess of $60 as a result of odd job or subsidiary work, or is paid a bonus in any benefit week shall be paid benefits for such week in accordance with the provisions of this chapter pertaining to benefits for partial unemployment.

(b) (1) The maximum benefit for each wage class shall be equal to twenty-six times the weekly benefit rate.

(2) The maximum benefit rate shall be sixty-six and two-thirds percent of the average weekly wage in West Virginia.

(c) On July 1 of each year, the commissioner shall determine the maximum weekly benefit rate upon the basis of the formula set forth above and shall establish wage classes as are required, increasing or decreasing the amount of the base period wages required for each wage class by $150, establishing the weekly benefit rate for each wage class by rounded dollar amount to be fifty-five percent of one fifty-second of the median dollar amount of wages in the base period for such wage class and establishing the maximum benefit for each wage class as an amount equal to twenty-six times the weekly benefit rate: Provided, That the commissioner shall not increase or decrease the maximum weekly benefit rate for the period beginning on the effective date of the amendment and reenactment of this section in the regular session of the legislature in 2009 until the threshold wage is reduced to $9,000, as required by subsection (d), section twenty-eight, article one-a of this chapter. The maximum weekly benefit rate, when computed by the commissioner, in accordance with the foregoing provisions, shall be rounded to the next lowest multiple of $1.

(d) After he or she has established such wage classes, the commissioner shall prepare and publish a table setting forth such information.

(e) Average weekly wage shall be computed by dividing the number of employees in West Virginia earning wages in covered employment into the total wages paid to employees in West Virginia in covered employment, and by further dividing said result by fifty-two, and shall be determined from employer wage and contribution reports for the previous calendar year which are furnished to the department on or before June 1 following such calendar year. The average weekly wage, as determined by the commissioner, shall be rounded to the next higher dollar.

(f) The computation and determination of rates as aforesaid shall be completed annually before July 1 and any such new wage class, with its corresponding wages in base period, weekly benefit rate and maximum benefit in a benefit year established by the commissioner in the foregoing manner effective on July 1 shall apply only to a new claim established by a claimant on and after July 1, and does not apply to continued claims of a claimant based on his or her new claim established before said July 1.

BENEFIT TABLE
ABC 

WAGE
CLASS

WAGES IN
BASE PERIOD

WEEKLY
BENEFIT
RATE
MAXIMUM
BENEFIT
RATE
 Under $ 2,200.00Ineligible 
1 $ 2200.00 - 2359.99 24.00 624.00
2   2350.00 - 2499.99 25.00 650.00
3   2500.00 - 2649.99 27.00 702.00
4   2650.00 - 2799.99 28.00 728.00
5   2800.00 - 2949.99 30.00 780.00
6   2950.00 - 3099.99 31.00 806.00
7   3100.00 - 3249.99 33.00 858.00
8   3250.00 - 3399.99 35.00 910.00
9   3400.00 - 3549.99 36.00 936.00
10   3550.00 - 3699.99 38.00 988.00
11   3700.00 - 3849.99 39.00 1014.00
12   3850.00 - 3999.99 41.00 1066.00
13   4000.00 - 4149.99 43.00 1118.00
14   4150.00 - 4299.99 44.00 1144.00
15   4300.00 - 4449.99 46.00 1196.00
16   4450.00 - 4599.99 47.00 1222.00
17   4600.00 - 4749.99 49.00 1274.00
18   4750.00 - 4899.99 51.00 1326.00
19   4900.00 - 5049.99 52.00 1352.00
20   5050.00 - 5199.99 54.00 1404.00
21   5200.00 - 5349.99 55.00 1430.00
22   5350.00 - 5499.99 57.00 1482.00
23   5500.00 - 5649.99 58.00 1508.00
24   5650.00 - 5799.99 60.00 1560.00
25   5800.00 - 5949.99 62.00 1612.00
26   5950.00 - 6099.99 63.00 1638.00
27   6100.00 - 6249.99 65.00 1690.00
28   6250.00 - 6399.99 66.00 1716.00
29   6400.00 - 6549.99 68.00 1768.00
30   6550.00 - 6699.99 70.00 1820.00
31   6700.00 - 6849.99 71.00 1846.00
32   6850.00 - 6999.99 73.00 1898.00
33   7000.00 - 7149.99 74.00 1924.00
34   7150.00 - 7299.99 76.00 1976.00
35   7300.00 - 7449.99 78.00 2028.00
36   7450.00 - 7599.99 79.00 2054.00
37   7600.00 - 7749.99 81.00 2106.00
38   7750.00 - 7899.99 82.00 2132.00
39   7900.00 - 8049.99 84.00 2184.00
40   8050.00 - 8199.99 85.00 2210.00
41   8200.00 - 8349.99 87.00 2262.00
42   8350.00 - 8499.99 89.00 2314.00
43   8500.00 - 8649.99 90.00 2340.00
44   8650.00 - 8799.99 92.00 2392.00
45   8800.00 - 8949.99 93.00 2418.00
46   8950.00 - 9099.99 95.00 2470.00
47   9100.00 - 9249.99 97.00 2522.00
48   9250.00 - 9399.99 98.00 2548.00
49   9400.00 - 9549.99 100.00 2600.00
50   9550.00 - 9699.99 101.00 2626.00
51   9700.00 - 9849.99 103.00 2678.00
52   9850.00 - 9999.99 104.00 2704.00
53   10000.00 - 10149.99 106.00 2756.00
54   10150.00 - 10299.99 108.00 2808.00
55   10300.00 - 10449.99 109.00 2834.00
56   10450.00 - 10599.99 111.00 2886.00
57   10600.00 - 10749.99 112.00 2912.00
58   10750.00 - 10899.99 114.00 2964.00
59   10900.00 - 11049.99 116.00 3016.00
60   11050.00 - 11199.99 117.00 3042.00
61   11200.00 - 11349.99 119.00 3094.00
62   11350.00 - 11499.99 120.00 3120.00
63   11500.00 - 11649.99 122.00 3172.00
64   11650.00 - 11799.99 124.00 3224.00
65   11800.00 - 11949.99 125.00 3250.00
66   11950.00 - 12099.99 127.00 3302.00
67   12100.00 - 12249.99 128.00 3328.00
68   12250.00 - 12399.99 130.00 3380.00
69   12400.00 - 12549.99 131.00 3406.00
70   12550.00 - 12699.99 133.00 3458.00
71   12700.00 - 12849.99 135.00 3510.00
72   12850.00 - 12999.99 136.00 3536.00
73   13000.00 - 13149.99 138.00 3588.00
74   13150.00 - 13299.99 139.00 3614.00
75   13300.00 - 13449.99 141.00 3666.00
76   13450.00 - 13599.99 143.00 3718.00
77   13600.00 - 13749.99 144.00 3744.00
78   13750.00 - 13899.99 146.00 3796.00
79   13900.00 - 14049.99 147.00 3822.00
80   14050.00 - 14199.99 149.00 3874.00
81   14200.00 - 14349.99 150.00 3900.00
82   14350.00 - 14499.99 152.00 3952.00
83   14500.00 - 14649.99 154.00 4004.00
84   14650.00 - 14799.99 155.00 4030.00
85   14800.00 - 14949.99 157.00 4082.00
86   14950.00 - 15099.99 158.00 4108.00
87   15100.00 - 15249.99 160.00 4160.00
88   15250.00 - 15399.99 162.00 4212.00
89   15400.00 - 15549.99 163.00 4238.00
90   15550.00 - 15699.99 165.00 4290.00
91   15700.00 - 15849.99 166.00 4316.00
92   15850.00 - 15999.99 168.00 4368.00
93   16000.00 - 16149.99 170.00 4420.00
94   16150.00 - 16299.99 171.00 4446.00
95   16300.00 - 16449.99 173.00 4498.00
96   16450.00 - 16599.99 174.00 4524.00
97   16600.00 - 16749.99 176.00 4576.00
98   16750.00 - 16899.99 177.00 4602.00
99   16900.00 - 17049.99 179.00 4654.00
100   17050.00 - 17199.99 181.00 4706.00
101   17200.00 - 17349.99 182.00 4732.00
102   17350.00 - 17499.99 184.00 4784.00
103   17500.00 - 17649.99 185.00 4810.00
104   17650.00 - 17799.99 187.00 4862.00
105   17800.00 - 17949.99 189.00 4914.00
106   17950.00 - 18099.99 190.00 4940.00
107   18100.00 - 18249.99 192.00 4992.00
108   18250.00 - 18399.99 193.00 5018.00
109   18400.00 - 18549.99 195.00 5070.00
110   18550.00 - 18699.99 196.00 5096.00
111   18700.00 - 18849.99 198.00 5148.00
112   18850.00 - 18999.99 200.00 5200.00
113   19000.00 - 19149.99 201.00 5226.00
114   19150.00 - 19299.99 203.00 5278.00
115   19300.00 - 19449.99 204.00 5304.00
116   19450.00 - 19599.99 206.00 5356.00
117   19600.00 - 19749.99 208.00 5408.00
118   19750.00 - 19899.99 209.00 5434.00
119   19900.00 - 20049.99 211.00 5486.00
120   20050.00 - 20199.99 212.00 5512.00
121   20200.00 - 20349.99 214.00 5564.00
122   20350.00 - 20499.99 216.00 5616.00
123   20500.00 - 20649.99 217.00 5642.00
124   20650.00 - 20799.99 219.00 5694.00
125   20800.00 - 20949.99 220.00 5720.00
126   20950.00 - 21099.99 222.00 5772.00
127   21100.00 - 21249.99 223.00 5798.00
128   21250.00 - 21399.99 225.00 5850.00
129   21400.00 - 21549.99 227.00 5902.00
130   21550.00 - 21699.99 228.00 5928.00
131   21700.00 - 21849.99 230.00 5980.00
132   21850.00 - 21999.99 231.00 6006.00
133   22000.00 - 22149.99 233.00 6058.00
134   22150.00 - 22299.99 235.00 6110.00
135   22300.00 - 22449.99 236.00 6136.00
136   22450.00 - 22599.99 238.00 6188.00
137   22600.00 - 22749.99 239.00 6214.00
138   22750.00 - 22899.99 241.00 6266.00
139   22900.00 - 23049.99 243.00 6318.00
140   23050.00 - 23199.99 244.00 6344.00
141   23200.00 - 23349.99 246.00 6396.00
142   23350.00 - 23499.99 247.00 6422.00
143   23500.00 - 23649.99 249.00 6474.00
144   23650.00 - 23799.99 250.00 6500.00
145   23800.00 - 23949.99 252.00 6552.00
146   23950.00 - 24099.99 254.00 6604.00
147   24100.00 - 24249.99 255.00 6630.00
148   24250.00 - 24399.99 257.00 6682.00
149   24400.00 - 24549.99 258.00 6708.00
150   24550.00 - 24699.99 260.00 6760.00
151   24700.00 - 24849.99 262.00 6812.00
152   24850.00 - 24999.99 263.00 6838.00
153   25000.00 - 25149.99 265.00 6890.00
154   25150.00 - 25299.99 266.00 6916.00
155   25300.00 - 25449.99 268.00 6968.00
156   25450.00 - 25599.99 269.00 6994.00
157   25600.00 - 25749.99 271.00 7046.00
158   25750.00 - 25899.99 273.00 7098.00
159   25900.00 - 26049.99 274.00 7124.00
160   26050.00 - 26199.99 276.00 7176.00
161   26200.00 - 26349.99 277.00 7202.00
162   26350.00 - 26499.99 279.00 7254.00
163   26500.00 - 26649.99 281.00 7306.00
164   26650.00 - 26799.99 282.00 7332.00
165   26800.00 - 26949.99 284.00 7384.00
166   26950.00 - 27099.99 285.00 7410.00
167   27100.00 - 27249.99 287.00 7462.00
168   27250.00 - 27399.99 289.00 7514.00
169   27400.00 - 27549.99 290.00 7540.00
170   27550.00 - 27699.99 292.00 7592.00
171   27700.00 - 27849.99 293.00 7618.00
172   27850.00 - 27999.99 295.00 7670.00
173   28000.00 - 28149.99 296.00 7696.00
174   28150.00 - 28299.99 298.00 7748.00
175   28300.00 - 28449.99 300.00 7800.00
176   28450.00 - 28599.99 301.00 7826.00
177   28600.00 - 28749.99 303.00 7878.00
178   28750.00 - 28899.99 304.00 7904.00
179   28900.00 - 29049.99 306.00 7956.00
180   29050.00 - 29199.99 308.00 8008.00
181   29200.00 - 29349.99 309.00 8034.00
182   29350.00 - 29499.99 311.00 8086.00
183   29500.00 - 29649.99 312.00 8112.00
184   29650.00 - 29799.99 314.00 8164.00
185   29800.00 - 29949.99 315.00 8190.00
186   29950.00 - 30099.99 317.00 8242.00
187   30100.00 - 30249.99 319.00 8294.00
188   30250.00 - 30399.99 320.00 8320.00
189   30400.00 - 30549.99 322.00 8372.00
190   30550.00 - 30699.99 323.00 8398.00
191   30700.00 - 30849.99 325.00 8450.00
192   30850.00 - 30999.99 327.00 8502.00
193   31000.00 - 31149.99 328.00 8528.00
194   31150.00 - 31299.99 330.00 8580.00
195   31300.00 - 31449.99 331.00 8606.00
196   31450.00 - 31599.99 333.00 8658.00
197   31600.00 - 31749.99 335.00 8710.00
198   31750.00 - 31899.99 336.00 8736.00
199   31900.00 - 32049.99 338.00 8788.00
200   32050.00 - 32199.99 339.00 8814.00
201   32200.00 - 32349.99 341.00 8866.00
202   32350.00 - 32499.99 342.00 8892.00
203   32500.00 - 32649.99 344.00 8944.00
204   32650.00 - 32799.99 346.00 8996.00
205   32800.00 - 32949.99 347.00 9022.00
206   32950.00 - 33099.99 349.00 9074.00
207   33100.00 - 33249.99 350.00 9100.00
208   33250.00 - 33399.99 352.00 9152.00
209   33400.00 - 33549.99 354.00 9204.00
210   33550.00 - 33699.99 355.00 9230.00
211   33700.00 - 33849.99 357.00 9282.00
212   33850.00 - 33999.99 358.00 9308.00
213   34000.00 - 34149.99 360.00 9360.00
214   34150.00 - 34299.99 361.00 9386.00
215   34300.00 - 34449.99 363.00 9438.00
216   34450.00 - 34599.99 365.00 9490.00
217   34600.00 - 34749.99 366.00 9516.00
218   34750.00 - 34899.99 368.00 9568.00
219   34900.00 - 35049.99 369.00 9594.00
220   35050.00 - 35199.99 371.00 9646.00
221   35200.00 - 35349.99 373.00 9698.00
222   35350.00 - 35499.99 374.00 9724.00
223   35500.00 - 35649.99 376.00 9776.00
224   35650.00 - 35799.99 377.00 9802.00
225   35800.00 - 35949.99 379.00 9854.00
226   35950.00 - 36999.99 381.00 9906.00
227   36100.00 - 36249.99 382.00 9932.00
228   36250.00 - 36399.99 384.00 9984.00
229   36400.00 - 36549.99 385.00 10010.00
230   36550.00 - 36699.99 387.00 10062.00
231   36700.00 - 36849.99 388.00 10088.00
232   36850.00 - 36999.99 390.00 10140.00
233   37000.00 - 37149.99 392.00 10192.00
234   37150.00 - 37299.99 393.00 10218.00
235   37300.00 - 37449.99 395.00 10270.00
236   37450.00 - 37599.99 396.00 10296.00
237   37600.00 - 37749.99 398.00 10348.00
238   37750.00 - 37899.99 400.00 10400.00
239   37900.00 - 38049.99 401.00 10426.00
240   38050.00 - 38199.99 403.00 10478.00
241   38200.00 - 38349.99 404.00 10504.00
242   38350.00 - 38499.99 406.00 10556.00
243   38500.00 - 38649.99 408.00 10608.00
244   38650.00 - 38799.99 409.00 10634.00
245   38800.00 - 38949.99 411.00 10686.00
246   38950.00 - 39099.99 412.00 10712.00
247   39100.00 - 39249.99 414.00 10764.00
248   39250.00 - 39399.99 415.00 10790.00
249   39400.00 - 39549.99 417.00 10842.00
250   39550.00 - 39699.99 419.00 10894.00
251   39700.00 - 39849.99 420.00 10920.00
252   39850.00 - 39999.99 422.00 10972.00
253   40000.00 - 40149.99 423.00 10998.00
254   40150.00 - and above 424.00 11024.00
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