Consumer Spending Edges Up

Consumer spending in West Virginia is higher than it was before the Great Recession but is lagging behind the nation in spending growth. Figures released Thursday by the federal government for the first time show that West Virginia's per capita consumer spending in 2012 grew 3.2 percent over the previous year. The nation as a whole grew by 3.3 percent in spending during that time. On average, each West Virginian spent $30,642 on consumer goods and services in 2012. Per capita spending nationwide was $35,498.