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Economic report: West Virginia public college graduates come through downturn with higher employment numbers

More West Virginia public college graduates found work in the state in 2010, according to the report "West Virginia Higher Education Graduate Employment And Wage Trends: 2003-2010," issued by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC) and the West Virginia University (WVU) College of Business and Economics.

"Of graduates with at most nine years of experience, 48.1 percent worked at establishments located in West Virginia in 2010," said George W. Hammond, associate director of the WVU Bureau of Business and Economic Research. "That is up from 48.0 percent in 2009 and 47.9 percent in 2008," Hammond said. "Overall, public college graduates came through the downturn in much better shape than residents with less education," Hammond said.