In an economic death spiral: West Virginia is America's worst state for business in 2017
A report from CNBC released Tuesday calls West Virginia the "worst state for business in 2017," thanks to declines in state GDP in 2016. West Virginia was 1 of only 7 states to experience economic contraction last year, according to the report.
Such is the story of America's Bottom State for Business in 2017. West Virginia has always been known as a place where people have to work incredibly hard in order to barely get by. But with the decline of the major source of that work - coal mining - the Mountain State has in many ways become an empty symbol.