CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WTAP) - West Virginia counties in the Mid-Ohio Valley have seen a growth in new businesses being created in the last 12 months, bringing new jobs to local communities.
Locally, Wood County had the highest number of new business filings in the last 12 months, at 357 new businesses started, but Wirt County saw the highest percentage of business growth - a 15.67% increase in new business filings compared to the previous year.
Below is a list of the number of new business filings in local West Virginia counties between Feb. 1, 2018 and Feb. 1, 2019, and the increase over the prior year:
Calhoun County: 16 New Businesses (4.56% increase)
Doddridge County: 28 New Businesses (8.04% increase)
Jackson County: 139 New Businesses (8.43% increase)
Mason County: 85 New Businesses (10.17% increase)
Pleasants County: 17 New Businesses (4.78% increase)
Ritchie County: 29 New Businesses (2.47% increase)
Roane County: 60 New Businesses (7.77% increase)
Tyler County: 20 New Businesses (4.71% increase)
Wirt County: 24 New Businesses (15.67% increase)
Wood County: 357 New Businesses (6.17% increase)
You can see business growth data for all counties in West Virginia by clicking on the link "West Virginia Secretary of State Business Statistics Database" in the "Related Links" section of this story.