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Half of WV Graduates Employed in Only Two Industries

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WVVA) - While the coal mining industry is most associated with West Virginia, a new study shows it isn't the only major industry supporting local residents.

 A study shows that half of all graduates of West Virginia's public colleges and universities who remain in the state were employed in two industries -- health care and education.

The study was published by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and the West Virginia University Bureau of Business and Economic Research.

The study found that of the 115,730 college graduates from the previous 10 years, 48 percent were working in West Virginia in 2011.

Among those who chose to remain in the state, 27 percent work in the health care industry and 23 percent were employed in education.

While only about 1.5 percent of the college graduates were employed in mining, their wages were the highest in the study at average of nearly $66,000.

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