Originally Posted by David Kennedy
Things are good in Wv...
Not to be contrary, but that reminds me of a former President telling us the national economy was healthy, right when things began slowing down. My area seemed to be the canary in the coal mine, the plants closed here first.
There are always seasonal fluctuations, and always construction start-ups, somewhere, coming out of winter. In the article, Keith Burdette states that businesses are inquiring.
The numbers don't lie about the state of the job market, except where under-reporting the unemployment rate is concerned.
While not dealing solely with unemployment, here's an interesting quote from an article reposted from wvgazette.com.
JULIAN MARTIN: WV'S PROBLEM IS OVERPOPULATION
Around the year 1900, people were brought into West Virginia from the south and from Europe to mine coal. They stayed and reproduced, and the jobs declined as the population increased. With the cooperation of the union, the mines were mechanized and then mechanized again, accounting for a huge job loss. The population that was in West Virginia in 1880, when the horrendous scale of environmental destruction started, is about all this state can handle without eating the mountains like tent caterpillars on a wild cherry tree.