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America's Top States For Business 2011

#46 West Virginia

Top States 2011: West Virginia

Category Score 2011 Rank 2010 Rank
Cost of Doing Business 218 15 15
Workforce 130 39 44
Quality of Life 140 38 40
Infrastructure & Transportation 98 44 38
Economy 165 13 24
Education 87 38 34
Technology & Innovation 27 47 48
Business Friendliness 24 49 50
Access to Capital 32 35 40
Cost of Living 35 16 17
OVERALL 956 46 46

ECONOMIC PROFILE

Governor: Earl Ray Tomblin (D)

Population: 1,852,994

GDP (2009 per capita): $30,124

Unemployment rate (May 2011): 8.6 percent

Foreclosure rate (May 2011): One per 8,052 households

Budget gap (projected 2012): None

Corporate tax rate: 8.5 percent

Largest employers: Kroger, American Electric Power, Consolidation Coal

Sources: US Government, RealtyTrac, Center on Budget & Policy Priorities, Federation of Tax Administrators, Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development

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