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Jared Hunt column: A look at where those Lottery funds go
Jared Hunt column: A look at where those Lottery funds go

West Virginia Lottery officials were set to present their annual budget presentations to the finance committees of the House of Delegates and state Senate this week.

During the budget presentations, Lottery Director John Musgrave planned to...

Jared Hunt column: A look at where those Lottery funds go
Jared Hunt column: A look at where those Lottery funds go

West Virginia Lottery officials were set to present their annual budget presentations to the finance committees of the House of Delegates and state Senate this week.

During the budget presentations, Lottery Director John Musgrave planned to...

Jared Hunt: More bad news for labor, gas markets
Jared Hunt: More bad news for labor, gas markets

West Virginia’s unemployment rate fell to 6 percent in December, but the news wasn’t exactly a good sign for the state’s labor force.

As I...

Jared Hunt column: Jobs ranking a long-term problem
Jared Hunt column: Jobs ranking a long-term problem

Just about everyone paying attention to state news has by now seen the reports describing West Virginia as the only state where less than half of its citizens work.

The unfortunate distinction was first pointed out in an online piece by ...

Jared Hunt column: Auto show highlights state’s dealers
Jared Hunt column: Auto show highlights state’s dealers

The state’s automobile dealers will be out in full force in Charleston this weekend as the 2015 West Virginia International Auto Show takes place at the Charleston Civic Center.

The auto dealers work together with Motor Trend Auto Shows,...

Jared Hunt column: Forecast says gas prices to go up, but not as much
Jared Hunt column: Forecast says gas prices to go up, but not as much

Drivers will likely see the lowest gasoline prices of the year this month, but even when prices rebound, they will still be far lower than the levels consumers had been used to paying in recent years, according to a new forecast from the petroleum...

Jared Hunt column: Price decline affecting natural gas companies
Jared Hunt column: Price decline affecting natural gas companies

A trend you’ll need to watch in 2015 is how the recent decline in oil and gas prices affects the state’s natural gas industry.

As anyone who pumps gasoline into their car can tell you, energy prices have dropped off precipitously...

Jared Hunt column: Monopoly game fails to launch
Jared Hunt column: Monopoly game fails to launch

A new Monopoly-themed lottery game that was set to launch in the state this month didn’t even get a chance to pass “Go” or collect $200.

In October, West Virginia Lottery officials ...

Jared Hunt column: A few things to watch for in 2015
Jared Hunt column: A few things to watch for in 2015

With 2014 in the rear-view mirror, let’s look ahead to some of the things that could affect the state’s business world in 2015.

Here are some things I’ll be watching out for in the new year:

n The Legislature...

Jared Hunt column: More residents eye big-ticket purchases in 2015
Jared Hunt column: More residents eye big-ticket purchases in 2015

As consumer optimism increases modestly, more West Virginians plan to purchase new vehicles and spend money on home improvements in 2015, according to a new consumer survey from Huntington Bank.

Last week, Huntington Bank released the results of ...

Jared Hunt column: Jobs, housing and education issues top Fed survey
Jared Hunt column: Jobs, housing and education issues top Fed survey

The availability of jobs, affordable housing and improving the quality of education are the top three issues having the most impact on local communities, according to a new survey from the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

The regional bank...

Jared Hunt column: Auto ‘race’ boosts aluminum market
Jared Hunt column: Auto ‘race’ boosts aluminum market

Automakers are in a “race” to find supplies of aluminum as they plan to use more of the metal in production versus steel, according to the chief executive of one local aluminum company.

And it’s ...

Jared Hunt column: Black Friday hit by retail cannibalism

For all the promotions, doorbusters, early hours and hype, last week’s Black Friday holiday shopping weekend failed to deliver stellar results for retailers.

Even with more retailers than ever open early on Thanksgiving Day it...

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