West Virginia economy ranked last in the nation

An editorial from The Herald-Dispatch 

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — As if there were not already enough evidence that West Virginia needs new ideas about jobs and development, Governing magazine this week ranked the state’s economy the worst in the nation.

The editors looked at six variables – the current state unemployment rate; the improvement in the state unemployment rate over the past year; the per capita state GDP in 2015; the percent change in real state GDP between 2014 and 2015; the percent change in state personal income per capita, from the third quarter of 2015 to the first quarter of 2016; and the percentage growth in year-to-date increases in jobs for 2016.

 Perhaps the most discouraging aspect of the rankings is that our neighbors in every direction are doing better…

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