Over the last year, West Virginia saw a net gain of 3,000 jobs, or less than one-half of 1 percent growth.
That's slow, but what's really troublesome is that as anemic as West Virginia's economy is, the state is doing better than the rest of the nation.
A study by West Virginia University's College of Business and Economics forecast 2 percent annual growth for the state over the next five years as the state's economy treads water.
"The importance of exports to the West Virginia economy has more than tripled just in the last 12 years," said John Deskins, director of the Bureau for Business and Economic Research.
But most of that growth comes from coal exports and the Obama administration wants to kill that industry, by any means possible including having the Environmental Protection Agency pull water permits issued by another agency - a move a judge appointed by President Obama denounced as "magical thinking."
Four years after the recession ended, the nation has yet to begin to recover.
Thanks to coal, West Virginia is not suffering as much as the rest of the nation.
SEN. Joe Manchin led the charge to keep Ron Binz from becoming the head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Binz withdrew his nomination after a Senate Energy Committee hearing in which Manchin gave him an earful.
"We're getting the living crap beat out of us by this Administration, and my Administration being a Democrat," Manchin said, later adding, "It's personal to us because of the jobs that we have, the energy we produce and the heavy lifting we've done for this country and there seems to be no appreciation whatsoever."
The economy depends on the reliable, cheap supply of energy derived from carbon fuels such as coal, gas and oil.