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West Virginia University researchers are forecasting continued high unemployment in West Virginia.

The WVU College of Business and Economics released its annual West Virginia Economic Outlook report Thursday at a conference in Charleston.


West Virginia University hosted the state’s inaugural high school business plan competition. Sierra Cook, a Glen Dale resident and a senior from John Marshall High School took first prize: a $10,000 college scholarship to be used at any of nine WV schools.

Cook says her interest in the mushrooms was sparked when she learned about their health benefits. She believes the niche-market business idea to grow and sell shitake and miyake mushrooms has a lot of potential to take off.

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The Appalachian Regional Commission turns 50 this year and has awarded a grant to West Virginia University and two other agencies to analyze whether it’s been successful.

The $300,000 grant will allow the WVU Bureau of Business and Economic Research and Regional Research Institute to work with the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness based in Arlington, Va., to identify what economic development strategies have worked.

West Virginia University College of Business and Economics

A new study says 48 percent of West Virginia's public college graduates over the past decade are working in the state.
     The study by the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics looked at work participation and income of the last decade's graduates who worked in the state in 2012.
     Their average income in 2012 was $$41,847.
     According to the study, more than half of these graduates were employed in social assistance and education services, and health care.

A new documentary takes viewers around the globe to show how economic freedom empowers entrepreneurs to improve their lives and their communities. Economic Freedom in Action: Changing Lives premieres January 30 at 9 p.m. on WV PBS.2.

WVU College of Business and Economics

The West Virginia University College of Business and Economics presented their state economic outlook to lawmakers Wednesday.

The report says West Virginia is seeing growth in the areas of employment and per capita personal income.

According to the study, approximately 3,000 jobs were added in the past year, with the natural resource and mining sector contributing most to the increase.