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

We speak for business.

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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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Voter ID Law

West Virginia's new Voter ID law is now in effect. Make sure you have what you need when you go vote.

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Dashboard

The Chamber tracks West Virginia’s performance on a multitude of metĀ­rics for the benefit of our members so that you can make sound business decisions. Consult the dashboard regularly for current statistics.

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Chamber Speaks

April Jobs Report Continues to Show Growth

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 on May 10, 2018 by Workforce West Virginia show that West Virginia’s economic recovery continues and may be accelerating. The latest release compares April 2018 with April 2017. During that period, total employment rose by 5,700 jobs, while the civilian labor force grew by 9,400, 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 749,700 jobs – a net gain of 6,500 jobs
  • Total Employment is at 743,100 – net gain of 5,700
  • Mining & Logging is at 22,900 – net gain of 1,600
  • Manufacturing is at 47,200 – net gain of 300
  • Construction is at 33,800 – net gain of 3,500
  • Educational & Health Services is at 130,200 – net gain of 300

We would also note that government employment is down by 600 jobs across the board, with a decrease of 500 federal jobs and 200 jobs in local government. Overall, private sector employment grew by 7,100.

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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