New findings showed West Virginia was not first, but 47th in the nation for personal income growth earlier this year. It turns out the “absolutely phenomenal growth” touted by Gov. Jim Justice never even happened. But is anyone really surprised?
The new findings released Sept. 24 showed West Virginia was not first, but 47th in the nation from January to March 2019, according to the Charleston Gazette-Mail.
The revised numbers were based on new census data that came in, specifically in the construction sector, said a spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis spokesman. That didn’t stop Justice from praising the state’s figures as numbers “like we’ve never seen before.”
Justice should get his facts—and his numbers—straight. During the period in question, West Virginia showed some improvement, but still lags far behind the national average, writes Sean O’Leary, with the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy.
O’Leary’s blog post on the numbers was well-titled: The revised figures in state residents’ personal income growth “are a cause for concern, not celebration.”