Difference in full-time, year-round income
: $13,237 Female full-time, year-round median income
: $30,632 (2nd lowest) Male full-time, year-round median income
: $43,869 (14th lowest) 2011 unemployment rate
: 8% (25th lowest)
At 12.3%, West Virginia had the sixth highest percentage of workers in agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting and mining, with men representing more than 91% of those workers men, the second highest percentage of all states. West Virginia has long had a robust coal mining industry, with wages for coal miners averaging $85,051 in 2011 compared to $38,567 across all industries. Conversely, 12.6% of West Virginia workers were employed in the lower paying retail trade, the sixth highest rate of all states. About 55% of retail workers in 2011 were women — the third highest rate of all states.
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