POINT PLEASANT — For the second consecutive month, unemployment declined in Mason County.
The most recent county numbers are for September and show Mason County had an unemployment rate of 7.7 percent, down from August’s 9.2 percent. The unemployment rate for September 2014 was at 8.1 percent.
Mason County was not alone with its decrease in unemployment with all 55 counties following that trend.
Both Jefferson and Pendleton counties had the lowest unemployment rate at 3.8 percent, while Mingo County once again had the highest at 12.7 percent unemployment.
Unemployment rates in neighboring and/or nearby counties in West Virginia for September include: Jackson County at 7 percent; Cabell County at 5.1 percent; Putnam County 5.2 percent; and Kanawha County at 5.8 percent.
Across the state, total nonfarm payroll employment increased 1,600 in September with the gain solely in the service-providing industry.
Within the goods-producing sector, employment decreased by 300 in mining and logging, while manufacturing increased by 300. Employment in construction was unchanged. Within the service-providing sector, employment increases included 1,000 in trade, transportation and utilities, 300 in financial activities, and 3,300 in government. Employment declines included 1,100 in professional and business services, 700 in educational and health services and 600 in both leisure and hospitality and other services. Employment in information was unchanged.
Since September 2014, total nonfarm payroll employment has decreased by 11,400. Employment gains included 500 in manufacturing, 1,600 in trade, transportation and utilities, and 1,800 in educational and health services. Employment declines included 3,700 in mining and logging, 5,800 in construction, 200 in information, 500 in financial activities, 600 in professional and business services, 3,000 in leisure and hospitality, 700 in other services, and 800 in government.
West Virginia’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined from 7.4 to 6.3 percent in September. West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased three-tenths of a percentage point to 7.3 percent in September. Total unemployment was up 8,900 over the year. The national unemployment rate remained at 5.1 percent.
Information for this article provided by WorkForce West Virginia.
Reach Beth Sergent at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @BSergentWrites.