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A new study of Appalachian natural gas production suggests that the region’s natural gas boom hasn’t kept the top gas-producing counties in the Ohio Valley from lagging behind the rest of the nation economically.

The Ohio River Valley Institute, a nonprofit think tank, released an analysis Wednesday finding that, while those counties’ rates of gross-domestic-product growth more than tripled that of the country between 2008 and 2019, their collective shares of the nation’s personal income, jobs and population all declined.

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