The state's unemployment rate has been better the past three months.

The lower unemployment is forcing a reduction in extended unemployment benefits for some state residents.

WorkForce West Virginia says the state will follow federal law and reduce the amount of time for extended benefits from 20 weeks to 13 weeks.

WorkForce says about 2,000 people in the state could be impacted by the reduction.

The changes will take effect April 8.

The state's unemployment rate has had a three-month seasonally adjusted average of less than eight percent.

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