Unemployment declines in Mason County

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

The most recent county numbers are for May and show Mason County had an unemployment rate of 8.5 percent, down from April’s 9 percent and March’s 10 percent. This is also an improvement from where the county was a year ago, with an unemployment rate of 9.2 percent.

Mason County was not alone with its decrease in unemployment with 45 other counties following that trend. Unemployment was up in four counties and unchanged in five. Jefferson County had the lowest unemployment rate at 4.4 percent, while Mingo County had the highest at 13.4 percent unemployment.

Unemployment rates in neighboring and/or nearby counties in West Virginia for May include: Jackson County at 7.2 percent; Cabell County at 5.7 percent; Putnam County 5.6 percent; and Kanawha County at 6.2 percent.

Across the state, total nonfarm payroll employment increased 2,100 in May, with gains of 1,300 in the goods-producing sector and 800 in the service-providing sector. Within the goods-producing sector, construction increased 600, manufacturing increased 700 and employment in mining and logging was unchanged. Within the service-proving sector, employment declines included 100 in trade, transportation and utilities, 200 in leisure and hospitality, 400 in government and 100 other services. Employment increases included 100 in information, 500 in financial activities, and 1,000 in professional and business services. Employment was unchanged in educational and health services.

Since May 2014, total nonfarm payroll employment has decreased by 16,600. Employment gains included 1,000 in manufacturing, 2,500 in professional and business services and 1,800 in educational and health services. Employment declines included 2,600 in mining, logging, 4,200 in construction, 300 in trade, transportation and utilities, 1,000 in financial activities, 2,200 in leisure and hospitality, 700 in other services and 10,900 in government. Employment in information was unchanged over the year.

West Virginia’s non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased three-tenths of a percentage point to 6.9 percent in May. West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased two-tenths of a percentage point to 7.2 percent in May.

The number of unemployed state residents increased 2,000 to 56,400. Total unemployment was up 3,200 over the year.

The national unemployment rate for May increased one-tenth of a percentage point to 5.5 percent.

Information for this article provided by WorkForce West Virginia.