Editorial: Facing Obstacles, State Leaders Must Work Together to Move Economy Forward

Clarksburg Exponent-Telegram - It wasn't a great week for West Virginia. Read

On Wednesday, we reported that West Virignia's unemployment rate jumped to 7.4 percent in June — 2.1 percent more than the national average and the highest of any state in the nation.

The same day, we reported that the Kids Count study showed state children dropped from 37th to 42nd nationally in child well-being. That study takes into account family and community setting, economic well-being, education and health.

Both Margie Hale, West Virginia Kids Count director, and Ted Boettner, executive director of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, say there is a correlation between rising unemployment and declining child well-being ratings.

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