Poor Health Among Many Reasons for Low State Workforce Participation

Beckley Register-Herald - An older, unhealthy and uneducated population is why West Virginia ranks last in workforce participation rate nationally. Read

A new report by the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy looks beyond the known and examines what can be done to get West Virginians back to collecting a paycheck.

It's beyond debate, for decades the Mountain State has struggled with low levels of labor force participation. U.S. Department of Labor statistics show West Virginia's labor force participation is a sliver above 50 percent, nearly 10 percent below the national average.

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