Jobless rate on rise in Mason County

POINT PLEASANT — The unemployment rate in Mason County has ticked up, according to the latest statistics.

The unemployment rate for July was 6.7 percent, up from June’s 6.3 percent. The unemployment rate for July 2016 was 7 percent.

Mason County was not alone with its increase in unemployment with 13 total counties following suit, while 31 saw a decrease and 11 saw no change in rates. Jefferson County had the lowest unemployment rate at 3 percent while McDowell County had the highest unemployment rate at 9.9 percent.

Unemployment rates in neighboring and nearby counties in West Virginia for July, include: Cabell County, 4.6 percent; Jackson County, 5.4 percent; Putnam County, 4.5 percent; Kanawha County, 4.7 percent.

Across the river, the unemployment rate in Meigs County increased, going from 8.2 percent in June, to 8.5 percent in July. Meigs was ranked as having the second highest jobless rate in the state, out of 88 counties. In Gallia County, the unemployment rate also went up, going from 6.9 percent in June to 7 percent in July. Gallia was ranked 14th out of 88 counties when it came to jobless rates across Ohio.

Across West Virginia, the total nonfarm payroll employment increased 400 in July, with gain of 1,400 in the service-providing sector and a loss of 1,000 in the goods-producing sector.

The good-producing sector reported employment decreases of 200 in mining and logging, and 900 in construction, and an increase of 100 in manufacturing. Within the service-providing sector, employment increases included 600 in trade, transportation and utilities, 200 in information, 200 in financial activities, 600 in professional and business services, 300 in leisure and hospitality, and 200 in other services. Employment declines included 100 in educational and health services, and 600 in government.

Since July 2016, total nonfarm payroll employment has increased by 1,600. Employment gains included 2,300 in mining and logging, 1,200 in construction, 100 in information, 200 in financial activities, 600 in professional and business services, 3,800 in educational and health services and 700 in other services. Employment declines included 1,100 in manufacturing, 2,700 in trade, transportation and utilities, 1,600 in leisure and hospitality and 1,900 in government.

West Virginia’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 5 percent in July and the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 4.7 percent. The national unemployment rate decreased to 4.3 percent.

The number of unemployed state residents increased 1,300 to 36,900 and total employment was down 9,900 over the year.

Information for this article provided by WorkForce West Virginia and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

13 counties see increases

By Beth Sergent

Beth Sergent is editor of Ohio Valley Publishing.