POINT PLEASANT — After two consecutive months on the rise, the unemployment rate in Mason County declined.
The most recent county numbers are for August and show Mason County had an unemployment rate of 9.2 percent, down slightly from July’s 9.8 percent but still higher than June’s 9.1 percent. The unemployment rate for August 2014 was also identical to this August at 9.2 percent.
Mason County was not alone with its decrease in unemployment with 35 other counties following that trend. Unemployment was up in 14 counties and remained unchanged in five.
Jefferson County once again had the lowest unemployment rate at 4.7 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 August include: Jackson County at 8.1 percent; Cabell County at 6.2 percent; Putnam County 6.2 percent; and Kanawha County at 6.7 percent.
Across the state, total nonfarm payroll employment increased 700 in August. The goods-producing sector declined 300, while the service-providing sector gained 100.
Within the goods-producing sector, employment decreased by 600 in manufacturing. Construction employment increased 300. Employment in mining and logging was unchanged. Within the service-providing sector, employment increases included 700 in trade, transportation and utilities, 100 in financial activities, 900 in educational and health services, and 300 in other services. Employment declines included 200 information, 300 in professional and business services, 300 in leisure and hospitality and 200 in government.
Since August 2014, total nonfarm payroll employment has decreased by 19,500. Employment gains included 300 in manufacturing, 800 in trade, transportation and utilities, 300 in professional and business services, 2,100 in education and health services, and 100 in other services. Employment declines included 3,100 in mining and logging, 5,100 in construction, 300 in information, 1,000 in financial activities, 2,900 in leisure and hospitality, and 10,700 in government.
West Virginia’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased one-tenth of a percentage point to 7.5 percent. West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased one-tenth of a percentage point to 7.6 percent in August. The national unemployment rate decreased two-tenths of a percentage point to 5.1 percent.
The number of unemployed state residents increased 700 to 59,800. Total unemployment was up 9,700 over the year.
Information for this article provided by WorkForce West Virginia.
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