It’s The Poorest State, But In Trump’s Head, West ... (
Like any state there are areas that are doing much better under President Trump while other areas are struggling. For example the Southwest part of the state that depends on coal mining is still dealing with the obama effect, where many mines were closed, the the cost of keeping them open under obama's administration was cost prohibited. So, income has fallen and unemployment is up. It is so bad that 1 out of every 6 household must depend on welfare to keep a roof over their heads. It is indeed grim. Having delivered the bad news first, many parts of the state is showing job growth.
–The state has added 8,700 jobs since 2017, all but 300 of them in just eight counties—Jefferson, Berkeley, Monongalia, Marshall, Harrison, Doddridge, Ritchie and Jackson Counties. Coal/natural gas and pipeline construction accounted for more than 7,000 of those added jobs.
–The Metro Valley (Kanawha, Putnam, Cabell) is holding its own. Since 2016, real wages are up four percent, but employment is down two percent.
–North Central West Virginia (Monongalia, Marion, Harrison, Taylor, Preston) is a growth area, driven primarily by Monongalia County. Wages have risen 18 percent in the last two years while employment is up six percent.
–The Eastern Panhandle (Jefferson, Berkeley, Morgan) is booming. Wages have risen 15 percent since 2016, while employment is up nine percent. The growth there is different from other parts of the state because the eastern panhandle has no coal or gas production.
–Deskins defines Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel, Tyler, Doddridge and Richie Counties as the “Shale Boom Region.” Employment has held steady, but wages have risen 16 percent in the last four years.
Governor Jim Justice has been touting the monthly revenue figures as a sign that the state’s economy has turned around. However, as research shows, the degree to which the economy has improved depends on what region of the state you are talking about.