The West Virginia Chamber works to create an environment that allows our members to:

  • Grow their business
  • Invest, innovate and make a profit
  • Create jobs and hire quality employees

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Position Papers

The West Virginia Chamber's 2018 Position Papers discuss what is needed to continue fostering job creation and improving the economy in West Virginia.

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Legislative Scorecard

The West Virginia Chamber's Scorecard is available for your review. See how your legislators voted!

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Education

Read the West Virginia Chamber's report on Public Education in West Virginia.

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Chamber Report - Public Education in West Virginia

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May Jobs Report is Strong

Each month, Workforce West Virginia releases data showing the number of jobs by sector in West Virginia. Over the past year, the data releases have begun showing an increase in the number of jobs in West Virginia. This is encouraging news.

The latest employment numbers released by Workforce West Virginia for the month of May show that our economic recovery is strong! The latest release compares May 2018 with May 2017. During that period, total employment rose by 6,000 jobs, while the civilian labor force grew by 9,700, meaning more people are re-entering the workforce as jobs are becoming available. Here are some of the highlights of the report:

  • Total Nonfarm Payroll Employment is reported at 760,300 jobs – a net gain of 17,100 jobs
  • Total Employment is at 743,500 – net gain of 6,000
  • Mining & Logging is at 22,800 – net gain of 1,100
  • Manufacturing is at 47,100 – net gain of 500
  • Construction is at 33,900 – net gain of 3,400
  • Educational & Health Services is at 131,500 – net gain of 1,800

We would note that the large increase in the Total Nonfarm Payroll Employment number is partially due to the Primary Election-related increase in local government employment. Overall, private sector employment grew by 8,500 from May 2017 to May 2018.

West Virginia Chamber Pillars for Progress

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Competitive Business Climate

A better jobs climate will lead to more employment opportunities for our state's workers.

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Infrastructure & Economic Development

A robust economy is built on a solid infrastructure.  Transportation is vital to move people and products to larger economic markets.  Air service, connectivity, maintenance and construction of roadways, and the continuance of the state's water and sewer enhancement program are key.

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Education & Workforce Development

West Virginia employers need an educated workforce.  Schools must be effective, accountable and responsive and produce a competitive, healthy, and world-class workforce.

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Good Government & Quality of Life

Every West Virginian should have the opportunity for a life that includes a healthy environment, a quality education, a good-paying job and an efficient government.

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