Unemployment increases in Mason County

Beth Sergent - [email protected]

POINT PLEASANT — For the second month in a row, unemployment increased in Mason County.

The most recent county numbers are for July and show Mason County had an unemployment rate of 9.8, up from June’s 9.1 percent. This is slightly higher than where the county was a year ago with an unemployment rate of 9.5 in July 2014.

Mason County was not alone with its increase in unemployment with 48 other counties following that trend. Unemployment was down in three counties and remained unchanged in three.

Jefferson County had the lowest unemployment rate at 4.6 percent, while Mingo County once again had the highest at 14.6 percent unemployment.

Unemployment rates in neighboring and/or nearby counties in West Virginia for July include: Jackson County at 8.1 percent; Cabell County at 6.5 percent; Putnam County 6.3 percent; and Kanawha County at 6.6 percent.

Across the state, total nonfarm payroll employment decreased 2,200 in July. The goods-producing sector declined 900, while the service-producing sector fell 1,300.

Within the goods-producing sector, employment decreased by 300 in mining and logging and 700 in construction. Manufacturing gained 100 jobs. Within the service-providing sector, employment increases included 600 in trade, transportation and utilities, 100 in educational and health services, and 100 in other services. Employment declines included 100 in information, 400 in financial activities, 300 in leisure and hospitality and 1,300 in government. Employment in professional and business services was unchanged.

Since July 2014, total nonfarm payroll employment has decreased by 19,100. Employment gains included 1,000 in manufacturing, 700 in trade, transportation and utilities, 700 in professional and business services, and 1,600 in educational and health services. Employment declines included 3,000 in mining and logging, 5,400 in construction, 100 in information, 1,100 in financial activities, 2,500 in leisure and hospitality, 400 in other services, and 10,600 in government.

West Virginia’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased four-tenths of a percentage point to 7.6 percent. West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased one-tenth of a percentage point to 7.5 percent in July. The national unemployment rate remained at 5.3 percent.

The number of unemployed state residents increased 1,600 to 59,100. Total unemployment was up 7,900 over the year.

Information for this article provided by WorkForce West Virginia.

Beth Sergent

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Reach Beth Sergent at [email protected] or on Twitter @BSergentWrites.

Reach Beth Sergent at [email protected] or on Twitter @BSergentWrites.