Jobless rate climbs in Mason County

Beth Sergent - [email protected]

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

The most recent county numbers are for February and show Mason County had an unemployment rate of 9 percent, up slightly from 8.9 percent in January. The unemployment rate for February 2015 was at 10.5 percent.

Mason County was not alone with its increase in unemployment, with 52 counties following that trend. Only Marion, Wyoming and McDowell counties saw decreases in unemployment.

Jefferson County had the lowest unemployment rate at 4.4 percent, while Calhoun County had the highest at 17.3 percent unemployment.

Unemployment rates in neighboring and/or nearby counties in West Virginia in February include: Jackson County at 8.3 percent; Cabell County at 5.8 percent; Putnam County 6.2 percent; and Kanawha County at 6.7 percent.

Unemployment numbers for neighboring counties in Ohio, included Meigs County at 10.2 percent, ranking it fourth out of 88 counties in terms of unemployment, and Gallia County at 7.7 percent in February, ranking it at 19 out of 88 counties, according to statistics from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Across the state of West Virginia, total nonfarm payroll employment decreased 1,300 in February, with losses of 200 in the goods-producing sector and 1,100 in the service-providing sector.

Within the goods-producing sector, employment increased by 200 in mining and logging, but decreased 400 in construction. Employment in manufacturing was unchanged. Within the service-providing sector, employment increases included 200 in trade, transportation and utilities, 300 in leisure and hospitality and 100 in government. Employment declines included 200 information, 300 in financial activities, 200 in professional and business services, 700 in educational and health services, and 300 in other services.

Since February 2015, total nonfarm payroll employment has decreased by 11,700. Employment gains included 200 in trade, transportation and utilities and 300 in financial activities. Employment declines included 5,500 in mining and logging, 2,300 in construction, 200 in manufacturing, 600 in information, 1,300 in professional and business services, 1,000 in educational and health services, 500 in leisure and hospitality, 100 in other services and 700 in government.

West Virginia’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate climbed four-tenths of a percentage point to 7.8 percent in February. West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased two-tenths of a percentage point to 6.5 percent in February. The number of unemployed state residents increased 1,300 to 50,800. Total unemployment was down 1,900 over the year. The national unemployment rate remained at 4.9 percent.

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

Beth Sergent

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Reach Beth Sergent at [email protected] or on Twitter @BSergentWrites.

Reach Beth Sergent at [email protected] or on Twitter @BSergentWrites.