Unemployment inches up in Mason County

Beth Sergent - bsergent@civitasmedia.com

POINT PLEASANT — After three months of declining figures, unemployment was back on the rise in Mason County.

The most recent county numbers are for November and show Mason County had an unemployment rate of 6.7, up slightly from 6.3 percent in October. The unemployment rate for November 2014 was at 7.9 percent.

Mason County was not alone with its increase in unemployment with 30 total counties following that trend, 14 showing a decrease in unemployment and nine reflecting no change.

Jefferson County had the lowest unemployment rate at 3.1 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 November include: Jackson County at 6.2 percent; Cabell County at 4.2 percent; Putnam County 4.4 percent; and Kanawha County at 5 percent.

Across the state, total nonfarm payroll employment decreased 100 in November with a loss of 1,000 in the goods-producing sector offsetting an increase of 900 in the service-providing sector.

Within the goods-producing sector, employment decreased by 200 in mining and logging, 600 in construction, and 200 in manufacturing. Within the service-providing sector, employment increases included 700 in trade, transportation and utilities, 100 in information, 600 in educational and health services, and 500 in other services. Employment declines included 300 in financial activities, and 700 in leisure and hospitality. Employment in professional and business services and in government was unchanged.

Since November 2014, total nonfarm payroll employment has decreased by 10,800. Employment gains included 200 in professional and business services, 2,700 in educational and health services and 100 in other services. Employment declines included 4,700 in mining and logging, 4,600 in construction, 400 in information, 700 in financial activities, 1,800 in leisure and hospitality, and 1,600 in government. Employment in manufacturing and in trade, transportation and utilities was unchanged.

West Virginia’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained 5.6 percent in November. West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased four-tenths of a percentage point to 6.5 percent in November. Total unemployment was up 4,500 over the year. The number of unemployed state residents decreased 3,200 to 51,100. The national unemployment rate remained at 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.