But overall, O'Leary wrote, this "has been a poor year for job growth in West Virginia, with total [nonfarm] employment falling by 17,500 jobs."
Interestingly, West Virginia's total personal income grew between 2007 and 2011, putting the state among the top 10 in the nation in that category.
During those years, total personal income in West Virginia grew from $58.7 billion to $62 billion, adjusted for inflation.
"But West Virginia's relatively good personal income growth was not due to a strong, healthy economy. Instead, payments from Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, veterans' benefits and unemployment compensation accounted for most of West Virginia's personal income growth," according to the Jobs Count newsletter.
Between 2007 and 2011, earnings from wages and salaries rose by 4.6 percent in West Virginia, while income from government programs rose by 17 percent.
The percent of West Virginia's total income coming from safety-net programs increased from 26.9 percent in 2007 to 27.5 percent in 2011, hitting a peak of 29.3 percent in 2009.
Today, West Virginia gets a higher percentage of its total personal income from government support programs that any other state in the nation.
"Nationally, government programs account for 17.9 percent of personal income," O'Leary wrote.
Reach Paul J. Nyden at pjny...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5164.