Unemployment declines in Mason County

Beth Sergent - bsergent@civitasmedia.com

POINT PLEASANT — For the third consecutive month, unemployment declined in Mason County.

The most recent county numbers are for October and show Mason County had an unemployment rate of 6.4 percent, down from September’s 7.7 percent and August’s 9.2 percent. The unemployment rate for October 2014 was at 7.5 percent.

Mason County was not alone with its decrease in unemployment with 51 total counties following that trend and four showing increases in unemployment.

Jefferson County had the lowest unemployment rate at 3.2 percent, while Mingo County once again had the highest at 12 percent unemployment.

Unemployment rates in neighboring and/or nearby counties in West Virginia for October include: Jackson County at 6.3 percent; Cabell County at 4.3 percent; Putnam County 4.4 percent; and Kanawha County at 5.1 percent.

Across the state, total nonfarm payroll employment decreased 700 in October with a loss of 2,100 in the goods-producing sector offsetting an increase of 1,400 in service-providing sector.

Within the goods-producing sector, employment decreased by 800 in mining and logging, 900 in construction, and 400 in manufacturing. Within the service-providing sector, employment increases included, 600 in financial activities, 900 in professional and business services, 1,100 in educational and health services, and 600 in other services. Employment declines included 1,300 in trade, transportation and utilities, 100 in information, 100 in leisure and hospitality and 300 in government.

Since October 2014, total nonfarm payroll employment has decreased by 13,700. Employment gains included 100 in manufacturing, 200 in professional and business services, and 2,500 in educational and health services. Employment declines included 4,600 in mining and logging, 5,800 in construction, 800 in trade, transportation and utilities, 500 in information, 100 in financial activities, 2,900 in leisure and hospitality, 100 in other services, and 1,700 in government.

West Virginia’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined from 6.2 percent to 5.6 percent in October. West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased four-tenths of a percentage point to 6.9 percent in October. Total unemployment was up 6,500 over the year. The national unemployment rate decreased one tenth of a percentage point to 5 percent.

Information for this article provided by WorkForce West Virginia.

Beth Sergent


Reach Beth Sergent at bsergent@civitasmedia.com or on Twitter @BSergentWrites.

Reach Beth Sergent at bsergent@civitasmedia.com or on Twitter @BSergentWrites.