West Virginia’s economy is bouncing back, experts say | State Journal News

 West Virginia’s economy is bouncing back, experts say | State Journal News

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia’s economy is well on its way toward recovering from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to West Virginia University’s Dr. John Deskins.

Deskins, director of the Bureau of Business & Economic Research in WVU’s College of Business and Economics, said the recovery process really began last spring after the state’s “stay at home” orders were lifted and most businesses reopened.

“Originally, during the real crash, we lost 94,000 jobs, but by the end of the summer, we had gained back about 57,000 of the jobs,” he said. “So the early bounce-back was better than I thought. I was kind of impressed with those early numbers.”

However, job growth slowed during the third quarter of 2020, Deskins said.

“It was rough — we actually just stayed flat during the…

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