Jobless rate grows in Mason County

Beth Sergent -

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

The most recent county numbers are for January and show Mason County had an unemployment rate of 8.9 percent, up from 6.9 percent in December 2015. The unemployment rate for January 2015 was at 9.7 percent.

Mason County was not alone with its increase in unemployment with all 55 counties following that trend.

Jefferson County had the lowest unemployment rate at 3.9 percent, while Roane County had the highest at 13.1 percent unemployment.

Unemployment rates in neighboring and/or nearby counties in West Virginia in January include: Jackson County at 8.1 percent; Cabell County at 5.4 percent; Putnam County 5.8 percent; and Kanawha County at 6.3 percent.

Unemployment numbers for neighboring counties in Ohio, included Meigs County at 11.1 percent (the second highest rate in Ohio) and Gallia County at 8.4 percent in January, according to statistics from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Across the state, total nonfarm payroll employment decreased 2,200 in January, with a gain of 100 in the goods-producing sector and a decrease of 2,300 in the service-providing sector.

Within the goods-producing sector, employment decreased by 300 in mining and logging and 600 in construction. Employment in manufacturing increased 1,000. Within the service-providing sector, employment increases included 200 in information, 600 in financial activities. Employment declines included 500 in professional and businesses services, 500 in educational and health services, 1,100 in leisure and hospitality, 200 in other services, and 800 in government. Employment in trade, transportation and utilities was unchanged.

Since January 2015, total nonfarm payroll employment has decreased by 12,700. Employment gains included 200 in trade, transportation and utilities, 400 in financial activities and 200 in other services. Employment declines included 5,900 in mining and logging, 2,500 in construction, 300 in information, 1,900 in professional and business services, 800 in educational and health services, 1,200 in leisure and hospitality and 900 in government. Employment in manufacturing was unchanged.

West Virginia’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate climbed from 5.9 to 7.4 percent in January. West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased one-tenth of a percentage point to 6.3 percent in January. The number of unemployed state residents increased 1,000 to 49,400. Total unemployment was down 2,000 over the year. The national unemployment rate dropped one tenth of a percentage point to 4.9 percent.

Information for this article provided by WorkForce West Virginia and ODJFS.

Beth Sergent

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