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Experts say West Virginia’s economic woes have strong long-term solutions

By JEFF McCULLOUGH

NCWV Media

John Deskins, director of the WVU Bureau of Business and Economic Research
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va.  — While West Virginia has seen some economic hardship over the past few years, many financial experts believe that by addressing a few key problems, the Mountain State can get back on the right track.

John Deskins, director of WVU’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research, said one of West Virginia’s biggest issues is attracting and holding onto qualified workers.

“Statistics show that 53 percent of West Virginian working-age adults are either unemployed or have stopped looking for work,” Deskins said. “That means there is a very large percentage of people who have given up or feel shut out of the workforce.”

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