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West Virginia ranks #3 among states with fastest-growing economies

West Virginia’s economy was the third fastest-growing in the nation in 2013, according to the latest report on real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). 

Recovering from a 1.4 percent decline in 2012, West Virginia’s economy grew by 5.1 percent in 2013. U.S. real GDP growth slowed from 2.5 in 2012 to 1.8 percent in 2013. 

Leading contributors to U.S. economic growth were nondurable–goods manufacturing; real estate and rental and leasing; and agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting. Although mining was not a significant contributor to real GDP growth for the nation, BEA reports it did play a primary role in five of the fastest growing states: North Dakota, Wyoming, West Virginia, Oklahoma and Colorado. 

Mining includes oil, natural gas and coal production. West Virginia’s positive performance can be attributed in part to the development of the Marcellus and Utica natural gas formations.