POINT PLEASANT — The unemployment rate in Mason County is on the decline, according to the latest statistics.
The unemployment rate for May was 4.9 percent, down from April’s 5.9 percent unemployment. The unemployment rate for May 2016 was 6.7 percent.
Mason County was not alone with its decrease in unemployment will all 55 counties reporting declines. Jefferson County had the lowest unemployment rate at 2.4 percent while Mingo County had the highest unemployment rate at 8 percent.
Unemployment rates in neighboring and nearby counties in West Virginia for May, include: Cabell County, 3.7 percent; Jackson County, 4.4 percent; Putnam County, 3.8 percent; Kanawha County, 4.1 percent.
Across the river, it was a mixed bag when it came to the latest unemployment rates for Meigs and Gallia counties in Ohio. The unemployment rate in Meigs declined, dropping from 6.8 percent in April to 6.5 percent in May. Meigs also dropped from having the second highest jobless rate to the third highest in the state, out of 88 counties. In Gallia, the unemployment rate inched up, going from 5.6 percent in April to 5.7 percent in May. Gallia was ranked 16th out of 88 counties when it came to jobless rates across Ohio.
Across West Virginia, the total nonfarm payroll employment decreased 4,100 in May, with decreases of 500 in the goods-producing sector and 3,600 in the service-providing sector. The goods-producing sector reported employment declines of 200 in mining and logging, 100 in construction, and 200 in manufacturing. Within the service-providing sector, employment increases included 100 in information and 500 in other services. Employment decline included 800 in trade, transportation and utilities, 600 in professional and business services, 400 in education and health services, 1,300 in leisure and hospitality and 1,100 in government. Employment in financial activities was unchanged.
Since May 2016, total nonfarm payroll employment has decreased by 7,300. Employment gains included 400 in mining and logging, 1,300 in construction, 100 in information, 3,300 in educational and health services, and 500 in other services. Employment declines included 1,600 in manufacturing, 3,800 in trade, transportation and utilities, 100 in financial activities, 700 in professional and business services, 1,600 in leisure and hospitality, and 5,100 in government.
West Virginia’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 4.1 percent in May. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 4.5 percent in May. The national unemployment rate declined to 4.3 percent.
The number of unemployed state residents fell 2,000 to 35,200. Total unemployment was down 12,100 over the year.
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.