Document Type


Publication Date

Fall 2019


Chambers College of Business and Economics


Bureau of Business & Economic Research


West Virginia Economic Forecast


West Virginia registered its strongest year of economic growth in more than a decade during 2018, marking the state’s second year of recovery after a protracted economic downturn that lasted for much of the period between 2012 and 2016. The energy sector has driven most of West Virginia’s economic rebound, particularly the abundance of natural gas pipeline construction activity occurring throughout the state. Most of the state’s economic regions have seen conditions improve over the past couple of years but gains in jobs and output remain concentrated from a geographic perspective as a several counties account for have accounted for the lion’s share of growth. Overall, this report provides a foundation to understand the long-run economic challenges and opportunities facing West Virginia.

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