Under the law, the report was required to be submitted to lawmakers by each Nov. 1, through 2016.
So far, the annual reports, issued last year and again last week, make no mention of the residency of natural gas industry workers.
Last year, Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette said that his agency had not collected worker residency data in the past, and "had no outside resource to gain that information from."
On Friday, Chelsea Ruby, the Commerce Department spokeswoman, said that WorkForce West Virginia "continues to work diligently to provide the Legislature with the most complete and accurate information available for the Marcellus Shale industry.
In an email message, Ruby said that WorkForce West Virginia tried to get the data from both the Division of Labor and the Office of Insurance Commissioner. The Insurance Commissioner does not collect the information, she said. The labor division "has some data, but it's incidental, and would not represent an accurate sample."
"The only department who we believe might have it is Revenue, and they are prohibited by law from sharing it," Ruby said.
Steve White, director of the Affiliated Construction Trades Foundation, said that before the final bill was approved, the Tomblin administration assured his group that it wasn't necessary to mandate that companies provide the state with new information about employee residency. Such data was already available and could be compiled and put in the Commerce Department report required by the final bill, White said he was told.
"The Legislature clearly directed the state to include where these workers were from and they apparently failed to do so two years in a row," White said last week. "It remains a critical issue."
Reach Ken Ward Jr. at kw...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1702.