Mason Co. has second highest unemployment rate

Beth Sergent

August 28, 2013

MASON COUNTY — For the second straight month, the unemployment rate has increased in Mason County, but only by increments.

The latest numbers released by WorkForce West Virginia are for July which reported Mason County had an unemployment rate of 10.7 percent, up from June’s 10.5 percent and May’s nine percent unemployment rate.

This means Mason County was tied for second place out of 55 counties in terms of its unemployment rate. Sharing the dubious second place finish with Mason County is Mingo County also with 10.7 percent unemployment. Webster County had the highest unemployment rate at 10.9 percent.

Monongalia and Jefferson counties had the lowest unemployment rates, with 4.2 and 4.1 percent, respectively.

West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased two-tenths of a percentage point to 6.2 percent in July. The national unemployment rate decreased two-tenths of a percentage point to 7.4 percent. The number of unemployed state residents rose 700 to 49,000. Total unemployment was down 12,000 over the year.

Total nonfarm payroll employment climbed 6,300, where a gain of 6,900 in the service-providing sector offset a loss of 600 in the goods-producing sector. Within the goods-producing sector, mining and logging lost 400 jobs, construction lost 200, and manufacturing employment was unchanged. Within the service-providing sector, employment gains included 5,100 in government, 1,300 in educational and health service, 1,100 in leisure and hospitality, 400 in trade, transportation and utilities and 100 in information. Employment declines included 700 in financial activities and 200 in other services.

Since July 2012, total nonfarm payroll employment has added 6,400 jobs, with gains of 4,300 in the service-providing sector and 2,100 in the goods-producing sector. Employment gains included 2,800 in mining and logging, 500 in manufacturing, 800 in trade, transportation and utilities, 600 in professional and business services, 800 in educational and health service, 1,700 in leisure and hospitality and 1,900 in government. Employment declines included 1,200 in construction, 200 in information, 600 in financial activities, and 700 in other services.

West Virginia’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell one-tenth of a percentage point to 6.2 percent in July.

Information for this article based on data from WorkForce West Virginia.