Labor Shed


The Hardwood Alliance Zone Labor Shed consists of twelve core West Virginia counties – Barbour, Fayette, Grant, Greenbrier, Hardy, Lewis, Pocahontas, Preston, Randolph, Tucker, Upshur, and Webster – plus 24 additional counties in West Virginia and bordering states that represent an approximate 50-mile, one-way commute into the Zone, typical for a local worker.

Hardwood Alliance Zone, West Virginia USA Labor Shed

May 2018 2017 2016
Civilian Labor Force 696,820 691,343 692,336
Total Employment 665,671 656,598 651,887
Total Unemployment 31,169 34,615 40,379
Unemployment Rate 4.7 5.2 6.1