Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette said, "The omissions were related to a lack of data collection.
"The report does not include information on state of residence or veteran status because we have not collected that information in the past, and had no outside resource to gain that information from," Burdette said in an email.
Burdette said local household data that specifies race, ethnicity and gender were not available when the state report was created. He said his agency "is making adjustments so that they will be able to submit this information as part of next year's report to the Legislature."
Steve White, director of the Affiliated Construction Trades Foundation, said that before the final bill was approved, Tomblin chief of staff Rob Alsop assured his group that the new reports some lawmakers were seeking weren't needed because the state had the information already available.
"We were told by the administration at the time the bill was revised that all of this data was available and these questions could be answered," White said. "The biggest question or debate regarding Marcellus is how many jobs has it created, who is getting those jobs -- area residents or imports -- and if the jobs are going to out-of-state workers.
"Some say we don't have the skilled work force, some say our workers can't pass drug tests, both of which we believe is untrue.
"We think companies want to pay low wages and have existing business relations in other areas like Texas and Oklahoma that they want to continue in West Virginia," he said. "The report does not answer those questions."
Reach Ken Ward Jr. at kw...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1702.