Changing Behaviors, Changing Lives, Changing Futures for West Virginia Families
Annual Assets & Opportunity Scorecard Release
January 30, 2015
Despite an improving national economy, new data released on January 29, 2015 by the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) show many West Virginians are barely scraping by. CFED's 2015 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard ranked the state dead last (51st) for its large number of workers in low-wage jobs and the low number of residents with two- and four-year college degrees. Additionally, West Virginia was near the bottom among all states for its high rate of student loan defaults (49th) and disconnected youth (50th), defined as those age 16-24 who are not in school and do not have a job.
CFED's 2015 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard offers the most comprehensive look available at Americans' ability to save and build wealth, fend off poverty and create a more prosperous future. The Scorecard provides rankings for the 50 states and District of Columbia on both the ability of residents to achieve financial security and policies designed to help them get there. West Virginia ranks in the middle of the country with an outcome ranking of 26 and an overall policy ranking of 28.
KISRA is the lead West Virginia organization in the Assets & Opportunity network.