Industry Outlook: Forecasting West Virginia’s Future

June 26, 2017

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Industry Outlook: Forecasting West Virginia’s Future

By Jennifer Jett Prezkop

West Virginia’s economic woes have been the cause for much concern for several years. With a population that is both aging and shrinking, a major drug epidemic and the challenges facing the state’s extraction industry, it’s no wonder the state faced a $500+ million budget deficit for 2017 and is facing an even larger revenue shortfall for 2018.

According to “West Virginia Economic Outlook 2017-2021,” published by the West Virginia University (WVU) College of Business and Economics, the slight economic upturn expected over the next five years will provide some relief. While the state’s economic health will rely heavily on that of the U.S. and the broader global economy, the report forecasts a continuation in the state’s emergence from the recession at a recovery pace of 0.6 percent per year through 2021.

In order for West Virginians to help spur job and economic growth in the state, it’s important to understand where we currently are and the challenges we are facing. The information in this piece, taken from “West Virginia Economic Outlook 2017-2021,”  will provide abbreviated insight into West Virginia’s population, employment, exports and income rates and will look at eight specific industries in which the most growth is expected over the next five years.

Editor’s Note: The information and graphics in this article have been taken from “West Virginia Economic Outlook 2017-2021,” published in October 2016. For more information or to read the report in full, visit business.wvu.edu/centers/bureau-of-business-and-economic-research/economic-outlook.

Click here to download the featured graphs from the West Virginia Economic Outlook 2017-2021 report.

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