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Old 04-11-2014, 10:09 PM
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It is interesting to examine the major employers in our area, and data about them is not readily available. The Pittsburgh Business News recently tried to do that, and along with the WVU economic forecast, this is what I'm coming up with as to who works for whom in our area.

Employment by employer or by segment of the local economy...

West Virginia University (the largest employer) 8,330
Liesure and Hospitality 7,000
Retail 6,800 (includes Gabriel Brothers headquarters)
WVU Healthcare 6,282 (and growing)
Professional Services 5,500 (includes MedExpress headquarters)
Manufacturing (including mining) 4,100
Local (municipal and county) Government 4,400
State Government 3,570
Mylan, Inc. 2,900
Monongalia Health System (Mon General) 1,976
US Government 1,900 (and growing with prison expansion)
Raese Enterprises 1,000 (some of that is included in the mining figures too)

On top of that, according to my neighbor, who is a Mylan exec., they just purchased a pharmaceutical company in Brazil that will add to their administrative workforce in Morgantown, and research and development employment (which is a growing sector in our area) don't have readily available figures.
Since many in the Morgantown area work for NASA in Fairmont and the FBI in Clarksburg (which is growing in terms of employment), those components can be included in what is happening around here too. Additionally, I do not have figures for construction trades employment, and that is a huge factor in our local economy these days.

Bottom line is our strong and diversified economic base bodes well for the future for our area.
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