UPDATE 12/13/12 @ 11:05 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Only a few people have failed state-mandated drug testing for those seeking job training through federally funded programs.
WorkForce West Virginia tells The Associated Press that of the 562 tests conducted since July, five were positive for drugs.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed an executive order earlier this year requiring the tests.
It applies to training programs for youths, adults and dislocated workers funded under the federal Workforce Investment Act. It also covers programs aided by national emergency grants.
The test screens for 10 categories of drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines and prescription mood-altering drugs.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed the executive order on Tuesday.
It reads as follows: "Executive Order No. 8-12 requires all participants seeking to enroll in training-level services funded by Workforce West Virginia to pass a ten-panel drug test. Participants who test positive shall not receive training services for 90 days. If a participant fails a second test, training services shall not be available for one calendar year."
Russell L. Fry, acting executive director of WorkForce West Virginia, said, “A drug-free workforce is critical to our state’s economic success. By screening applicants before they enter training, we are investing our training dollars in improving the productivity and success of our workforce."
Workforce West Virginia is in the process of implementing Tomblin’s order and will establish an effective date in the near future.
"It's important to stress this won't affect everyone coming into Workforce West Virginia offices," Fry said. "This will not be tied to any other part of what we do. It will not be tied to job referrals, it will not be tied to unemployment. It will not be tied to basic services This is only, and I want to stress that, only those specific training account programs we offer."
The executive order signed Tuesday will bar applicants from state workforce-training programs for 90 days if they test positive.
Drug testing has become a recurring topic in numerous states. But Indiana may be the only other state mandating it for job training.
Tomblin highlighted the order at a meeting of the Regional Economic Development Partnership in Wheeling.
It follows up on a pledge the Democrat made during this year's State of the State address. The governor said employers have complained that jobs remain unfilled because applicants can't pass drug tests.
Tomblin successfully proposed legislation during the recent regular session that will require random screenings for safety-sensitive jobs at coal mines.