Notification

2/12/16 - West Virginia legislature has voted to override Gov. Tomblin's vetoes of HB 4005 and SB 1, resulting in a repeal of the state's prevailing wage and the establishment of West Virginia as the 26th Right to Work state.

West Virginia

  • Project Labor Agreements

    Adopted ABC model government-neutrality bill.

  • Prevailing Wage

    No.

  • Right to Work

    Yes.

  • Public-Private Partnerships

    Statute authorizes P3s on transportation projects and vertical construction projects associated with transportation projects. Statute neither permits nor prohibits P3s on other vertical construction projects. Unsolicited bids are not allowed.

  • Workforce Development Incentives

    Governor’s Guaranteed Workforce Program: Small Business Workforce Awards – Can provide reimbursement for up to 75% percent or $5,000 of training costs.

  • Career and Technical Education

    91% of CTE high school graduates are placed in colleges or careers.

    West Virginia recognizes NCCER as an approved curriculum for CTE programs.

  • 5-Year Average Job Growth Rate (2011-16)

    -0.6%.

Monthly Unemployment Rate in West Virginia

Industry Overview

Prompt Pay

Private: No law in place.
Public: Payment must be made 60 days following an invoice.
Subs: No law in place.

Immigration/E-Verify Mandate

No E-Verify requirement, but verification required by all private and public employers.

Percentage of State GDP From Nonresidential Construction

4.1%.

Incidence Rate in Construction (2013)

3.4.

Occupational Safety & Health Oversight (State vs. Federal)

Federal oversight.

Percentage of Union Membership in Private Construction

18.6%.

Marijuana Legalization Status

Fully illegal.

Business Facts

Minimum Wage (2016)

8.75

Percentage of Pensions Funded

77%

Effective Real-Estate Tax Rate

0.53%

Corporate Income Tax Rate(s)

6.50%

Capital Spending % As Share of Total State Spending (2013)

8.1%