Did you know West Virginia broke away from Virginia to become its own state in 1861 during the American Civil War? This week we are discussing West Virginia employment background check information, WV crime data, and other general West Virginia state info in our weekly blog series, “Criminal Data and Employment Background Check Information for Your Favorite State”!
About West Virginia*
West Virginia Population and Age Distribution. West Virginia’s estimated population was 1.9 million. The median age was 41.5 years. 21% of the population was under the age of 18, and 17% was 65 years and over.
Median Household Income. The median income of households was $40,196. The total number of households was 741,544 with an average of 2.44 people.
West Virginia Employment and Unemployment Rate. 49.7% of the West Virginia population over the age of 15 were employed which ranks 51 st in the nation. The West Virginia unemployment rate is 8.0% which was ranked 33rd in the country.
Types of West Virginia Employers. The types of employers in West Virginia were as follows: 33,580 (4.5%) were self-employed, 141,793 (18.8%) were employed by the federal, state, or local government and 576,303 (76.6%) were employed by the private sector.
Top Five West Virginia Industries. The top five industries by percent in West Virginia were: Educational Services and Health Care (26%), Retail (13.3%), Accommodations/Food Service/Entertainment (9.2%), Manufacturing (8.2%), and Professional/Administrative/Scientific (7.8%).
West Virginia Occupations. Occupations for the population employed (over the age of 15) in West Virginia’s private sector were: Business, Science, and Arts (31.5%), Sales and Office (24.8%), Service (18.7%), Production, Transportation, and Material Moving (12.9%), and Natural Resources, Construction, and Maintenance (12.2%).
West Virginia Health Insurance Coverage. 86% of the civilian non-institutionalized population had health insurance coverage (14% had no coverage). Of those with coverage, 63% had private coverage and 37% had public coverage.
Disability. 19% of the civilian non-institutionalized population of West Virginia reported a disability. The West Virginia disability claim rate was ranked 1st in the country.
For a list of West Virginia counties, cities, towns, and county court houses, click here.
West Virginia Crime Data*
Total Violent Crimes. West Virginia had 5,869 total violent crimes (which ranked 39th in the nation) and with a violent crime rate of 0.30% (which ranked it 31st among all the states including DC & PR). Of the total number of violent crimes, 72 were murders, 421 were forcible rapes, 838 were robberies, and 4,538 were aggravated assaults.
Property Crime. West Virginia had 43,878 total property crimes. Of the total number of property crimes, 11,291 were burglaries, 30,378 were larceny/thefts, and 2,209 were motor vehicle thefts.
Law Enforcement. West Virginia had the 47th most law enforcement employees per population. West Virginia ranked 41st in the nation for the most police officers per population.
For more West Virginia crime information, please see the West Virginia Judiciary court system and the Supreme Court of Appeals.
West Virginia Employment Background Check Products
InstantCriminalChecks.com offers two West Virginia employment background check products: a West Virginia county criminal background check and a West Virginia state criminal background check.
The West Virginia state criminal background check includes a West Virginia corrections background check, WV circuit court background check, a sex offender record search of West Virginia as well as the entire country, and a search of the Most Wanted List. The corrections background check pulls offender records from the West Virginia Department of Corrections. The West Virginia state criminal background check is “instant” and results are received within seconds of placing an order. The price of this product is only $24.95. For the full description, please visit our West Virginia criminal background check webpage.
The West Virginia county criminal background check will return felony and misdemeanor convictions and deferred judgments over the past seven years from the Magistrate courts and Circuit courts. The West Virginia county criminal check results are provided within one to three business days. The cost of this product is $24.95.
Other West Virginia employment background check products include an instant national criminal background check that searches 46 states and D.C. (this product is $59.95) and a 3-state criminal background check (this product is $39.90).
*Sources: U.S. Census Bureau and FBI. “About West Virginia” data is from 2011. “West Virginia Crime Data” data is from 2012.