Today Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced West Virginia ranks second in the country for non-agriculture job growth. Last year, our state was ranked 37th in the nation. The new data confirms the tremendous job growth occurring across the Mountain State.
"This report is proof that the hard work my administration has done to bring jobs to West Virginia is working," Gov Tomblin said. "We're doing the job that West Virginians sent us here to do, and I couldn't be happier. I think things are going to get even better in the year ahead."
"We are encouraged by the study's findings. We think it reflects a more competitive business climate," West Virginia Secretary of Commerce, Keith Burdette said. "We've lowered corporate income tax rates, we're eliminating the business tax, our workers comp rates are now below the national average, and we're one of 18 states that didn't borrow money from the federal government to pay unemployment benefits. All of that coupled with a strong energy sector, especially in the Marcellus gas regions of the state, has meant more jobs. We think the future is bright, but Governor Tomblin and this administration know there is more work to be done and new jobs still to be created."
The data comes from a report compiled by Arizona State University's W.P. Carey School of Business. The report provides rankings and analysis based on the latest job figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The data shows that West Virginia gained 19,200 jobs between January 2011 and January 2012.