Dr. George Hammond directs the West Virginia Economic Outlook project, which includes forecasts and presentations addressing the outlook for the state and its regional economies. Dr. Hammond also publishes research on the determinants of economic growth, as well as convergence/divergence trends, for metropolitan and non-metropolitan economies in the U.S.

Hammond released the latest economic forecast on Nov. 11 at the 16th annual West Virginia Economic Outlook conference in Charleston. The forecast says West Virginia will continue to lose jobs through 2009, but should begin to see a rebound late next year.

He can be reached at (304) 293-7876 or (304) 692-2512 [cell]; email ghammon@wvu.edu