Expanding broadband and modernizing West Virginia’s electric grid could generate more than 15,000 new jobs, according to a new study. (Adobe stock)
February 26, 2021
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – With the Senate considering President Joe Biden’s massive infrastructure plan, a new study finds that West Virginia stands to gain thousands of living-wage jobs if the federal government invests in some of the plan’s key projects.
Bankrolling broadband expansion, clean energy and a more sustainable transportation system would bring more than 41,000 jobs to the Mountain State, according to study lead author and University of Massachusetts Economics Professor Robert Pollin.
Based on federal government statistics, he said the jobs should be union-level – with good wages, conditions and pensions.
“These will be jobs across the board,” said