POINT PLEASANT — Unemployment in Mason County was down slightly, according to the latest statistics.
The most recent county numbers are for December 2016 and show an unemployment rate of 6 percent, down slightly from the previous month’s 6.1 percent unemployment. The unemployment rate a year prior to that was 6.9 percent in December 2015.
The decrease in unemployment during the holiday season was seen by 31 total counties while unemployment went up in 20 counties, and was unchanged in four counties.
Jefferson County once again had the lowest unemployment rate at 2.6 percent, while Calhoun County had the highest unemployment rate at 12.4 percent.
Jobless rates in neighboring and/or nearby counties in West Virginia in December 2016 include: Jackson County at 5.4 percent; Cabell County at 3.9 percent; Putnam County 4.3 percent; and Kanawha County at 4.6 percent.
Across West Virginia, the goods-producing sector reported employment gains of 1,100 in construction and decreases of 100 each in mining and logging and in manufacturing. Within the service-providing sector employment increases included 400 in trade, transportation and utilities, 100 in information, 1,000 in educational and health services, 100 in professional and business services, 300 in leisure and hospitality and 10,100 in government, due almost entirely to election workers at the local level.
Since December 2015, total nonfarm payroll employment has increased by 2,200. Employment gains included 1,600 in construction, 200 in trade, transportation and utilities, 5,500 in educational and health services, and 2,000 in leisure and hospitality. Employment declines included 2,300 in mining and logging, 500 in manufacturing, 300 in information, 1,900 in financial activities, 300 in professional and business services, 700 in other services and 1,100 in government.
The number of unemployed state residents fell to 46,000. Total unemployment was down 1,600 over the year. Total nonfarm payroll employment decreased 8,300 in December 2016 with gains of 900 in the goods-producing sector and a loss of 9,200 in the service-providing sector.
West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment fell slightly to 5.9 percent in December 2016. West Virginia’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased, at 5.1 percent in December 2016. West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate inched up to 6 percent in October 2016. The national unemployment rate inched up to 4.7 percent.
Information for this article provided by WorkForce West Virginia.
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