West Virginia Employment and Education

Earnings on average are up 1.8% in the area, with 15,000 new jobs created this year. However, unemployment is also up .4% since last year, making 5.4% of its workers unemployed. The state’s unemployment average is a little higher than the nation’s average of 4.8%.

The No Child Left Behind Act has affected West Virginian schools greatly. The West Virginia Department of Education has enacted their own test system called the WESTEST or West Virginian Educational Standards Test, where they test children’s math and reading proficiency. The graduation rate in 2000 was 75.2%.