Jobless numbers unchanged in Mason County

By Beth Sergent -

OHIO VALLEY — The jobless rate in Mason County remained unchanged from the previous month, according to the latest statistics released last week for October.

The unemployment rate was once again 5.8 percent, also identical to the rate reported in October 2017. In addition to Mason County, the unemployment rates of 13 additional counties remained unchanged, while unemployment increased in 39 counties and decreased in two (Clay and Pendleton counties).

Unemployment rates for October in nearby counties include: Jackson, 4.5 percent; Putnam, 4.4 percent; Cabell, 4.2 percent; Kanawha, 4.6 percent. Pendleton County had the lowest unemployment rate at 2.8 percent.

Across the river in Ohio, after many months at or near the top in unemployment in the state of Ohio, Meigs County fell out of the top 5 in jobless numbers. On October unemployment numbers released last week, Meigs County holds an unemployment rate of 5.9 percent, placing it in a tie for the sixth highest rate. The rate is also down a full percentage point from the same time last year. Gallia County has an unemployment rate of 5.0 percent, placing the county in a tie for 18th. This time last year, Gallia County had an unemployment rate of 5.4 percent.

In West Virginia, within the goods-producing sector, employment gains of 500 in construction and 300 in manufacturing easily offset a decline of 100 in mining and logging. With the service-providing sector, employment gains included 300 in leisure and hospitality, 300 in financial activities, 200 in government, 200 in trade, transportation, and utilities, 100 in information, and 100 in other services. Employment declines included 300 in professional and business services and 100 in education and health services.

Since October 2017, total nonfarm payroll employment has increased 6,900. Employment gains included 2,100 in trade, transportation and utilities, 1,900 in government, 1,600 in education and health services, 1,100 in construction, 900 in leisure and hospitality, 600 in manufacturing, and 100 in mining and logging. Employment declines included 900 in other services, 300 in professional and business services and 200 in information. Employment in financial activities was unchanged over the year.

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased 1,500 in October, with gains of 800 in the service-providing sector and 700 in the goods-producing sector.

West Virginia’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate inched upward one-tenth of a percentage point to 4.6 percent in October. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 5.2 percent in October 2018. The number of unemployed state residents declined 200 to 40,500, the lowest seasonally adjusted total unemployment in over a year. Total employment was down 1,700 over the y ear. The national unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.7 percent.

Information provided by WorkForce West Virginia and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Sarah Hawley contributed to this report.

By Beth Sergent

Beth Sergent is editor of Ohio Valley Publishing.

Beth Sergent is editor of Ohio Valley Publishing.