The state's minimum wage has been set at $7.25 an hour since July 2008. It was raised to $6.55 per hour in July 2007, $5.85 per hour in July 2006, and $5.15 per hour in September 1998.
The federal minimum wage was last raised in 2009, also to $7.25. The proportion of U.S. hourly workers earning that or less was 5.2 percent.
While the news was encouraging for West Virginia's economy, both candidates running for governor this year say more must be done.
Chris Stadelman, spokesman for Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, said the governor is committed to creating more jobs in the state.
Stadelman said Tomblin's responsible fiscal policies have helped the state implement the kind of tax cuts and business incentives that attracted Gestamp to the South Charleston stamping plant.
"Those are the kind of good-paying jobs with benefits that help our working families, and they're the kind of jobs Bill Maloney's out-of-touch economic development ideas would keep from coming to West Virginia," Stadelman said.
In a statement, Republican Bill Maloney said Tomblin has still failed to create enough jobs to reverse the state's low income rankings.
"Because of the career politicians like Earl Ray Tomblin, we are 49th in per capita income," Maloney said. "And we are 49th in median household income, while Earl Ray Tomblin and his household rakes in more than $300,000 this year from the taxpayer.
"Earl Ray doesn't understand how to grow an economy because he's never been in the private sector," Maloney said. "As someone who has created real West Virginia jobs, I am ready to lead our state toward a brighter future with more, better-paying jobs."Writer Jared Hunt contributed to this report.