POINT PLEASANT — Unemployment in Mason County continues to decline, according to the latest statistics.
The most recent county numbers are for March and show an unemployment rate of 6.8 percent, down from February’s 7.6 percent. The unemployment rate a year prior to that was 7.6 percent in March 2016.
The decrease in unemployment was seen by 54 total counties, while Monroe County was the only county to see an increase in unemployment at 5.2 percent
Jefferson County once again had the lowest unemployment rate at 3.1 percent, while Calhoun County had the highest unemployment rate at 12.7 percent.
Jobless rates in neighboring and/or nearby counties in West Virginia in March include: Jackson County at 6.2 percent; Cabell County at 4.5 percent; Putnam County 4.9 percent; and Kanawha County at 5 percent.
Across the river in Ohio, unemployment in both Meigs and Gallia counties was on the decline again, according to the latest statistics for March. Meigs County saw a 1.5 percent decline in unemployment, going from 10.2 percent in February to 8.7 percent in March. The decrease allowed Meigs to go from the second highest unemployment in the state to a tie for fourth. In Gallia County, the unemployment rate dropped to 6.9 percent, down from 8.3 percent in February. This placed Gallia 20th out of 88 counties, in terms of unemployment.
Across West Virginia, the goods-producing sector reported employment gains of 100 in mining and logging and 300 in construction, while manufacturing fell 100. Within the service-providing sector, employment increases included 100 in educational and health services and 300 in leisure and hospitality. Employment declines included 1,000 in trade, transportation and utilities, 300 in financial activities, 300 in professional and business services, 200 other services, and 1,100 in government. Employment in information was unchanged.
Since March 2016, total nonfarm payroll employment has decreased by 6,100. Employment gains included 200 in information and 3,500 in educational and health services. Employment declines included 900 in mining and logging, 1,400 in manufacturing, 4,300 in trade, transportation and utilities,900 in financial activities, 1,200 in professional and business services, 700 in leisure and hospitality, 100 in other services and 300 in government. Employment in construction was unchanged.
The number of unemployed state residents fell to 38,100. Total unemployment was down 10,600 over the year. Total nonfarm payroll employment fell 2,200 in March, with increases of 300 in the goods-producing sector and decrease of 2,500 in the service-providing sector.
West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment fell to 4.9 percent in March, the lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate since November 2008. West Virginia’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 5.6 percent in March. The national unemployment rate declined to 4.5 percent.
Information for this article provided by WorkForce West Virginia and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
Beth Sergent is editor of Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at email@example.com.