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MASON COUNTY —Mason County’s unemployment rate jumped more than two percentage points, according to the latest statistics released by WorkForce West Virginia.


In January, Mason County’s Unemployment rate was 10.9 percent, which was an increase from 8.7 percent in December. In January 2013, the county’s unemployment rate was 10.8 percent.


Out of 55 counties, Mason County had the fifth-highest unemployment rate.


Unemployment rates preceding Mason County were Roane County with 11.3 percent, Calhoun County with 12.2 percent, Mingo and Wetzel counties, both with 12.4 percent, and Clay County with 13.2 percent.


Counties with the lowest unemployment rates were Jefferson County at 4.8 percent and Monongalia County at 4 percent.


The number of unemployed state residents fell 700 in January to 46,900. Total unemployment was down 8,900 over the year. The national unemployment rate decreased one-tenth of a percentage point to 6.6 in January.


Total nonfarm payroll employment decreased 1,700 in January, with losses of 300 in the goods-producing sector and 1,400 in the service-providing sector. Within the goods-producing sector, mining and logging added 300 jobs, construction added 200 jobs, and manufacturing declined 800 over the month. Within the service-providing sector, employment gains included 500 in information, 1,100 in financial activities, 800 in leisure and hospitality, and 300 in other services.


Employment declines included 600 in trade, transportation, and utilities, 200 in professional and business services, 1,600 in educational and health services, and 1,700 in government. Since January 2013, total nonfarm payroll employment has fallen 1,300, with a decline of 2,600 in the goods-producing sector countering a gain of 1,300 in the service-providing sector.


Employment gains included 400 in mining and logging, 600 in information, 2,100 in financial activities, 800 in professional and business services, and 100 in other services. Employment declines included 1,900 in construction, 1,100 in manufacturing, 300 in trade, transportation, and utilities, 1,100 in educational and health services, 200 in leisure and hospitality, and 700 in government.


West Virginia’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose from 5.6 percent to 6.8 percent in January.


Information for this article provided by WorkforceWV.


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