Jobless rate drops in Mason County

Beth Sergent - [email protected]

POINT PLEASANT — For the third consecutive month, jobless rates dropped in Mason County.

The most recent county numbers are for May and show Mason County had an unemployment rate of 6.7 percent, down from April’s 7 percent and March’s 8.1 percent unemployment rate. The unemployment rate for May 2015 was at 8.7 percent.

Mason County was not alone with its decrease in unemployment, with 51 counties following that trend. Unemployment rates increased in Wirt, Webster and McDowell counties, the latter of which also had the highest jobless rate at 12.6 percent.

Jefferson County had the lowest unemployment rate at 3.1 percent, while the unemployment rate was unchanged in Barbour County at 6.7 percent.

Jobless rates in neighboring and/or nearby counties in West Virginia in May include: Jackson County at 6 percent; Cabell County at 4.4 percent; Putnam County 4.5 percent; and Kanawha County at 5.1 percent.

Unemployment numbers for neighboring counties in Ohio for May included Meigs County at 7.7 percent, down from April’s 7.8 percent. Meigs was ranked fourth out of 88 counties in terms of unemployment. Gallia County was at 6.3 percent unemployment in May, which was unchanged from April and down from March’s 7.6 percent, ranking it at 15 out of 88 counties, according to statistics from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Across West Virginia, total nonfarm payroll employment increased 6,600 in May, with gains of 9,300 in the service-providing sector and losses of 2,700 in the goods-producing sector.

Within the goods-producing sector, employment decreased by 600 in mining and logging, 1,900 in construction and 200 in manufacturing. Within the service-providing sector, employment increases included 500 in financial activities, 1,100 in professional and business services, 100 in educational and health services and 9,400 in government. Employment declines included 200 in trade, transportation and utilities, 200 in information, 1,300 in leisure and hospitality and 100 in other services.

Since May 2015, total nonfarm payroll employment has increased by 1,400. Employment gains included 700 in financial activities, 2,500 in educational and health services, and 10,600 in government. Employment declines included 6,800 in mining and logging, 2,700 in construction, 400 in manufacturing, 800 in trade, transportation and utilities, 1,000 in information, 100 in leisure and hospitality and 600 in other services. Employment in professional and business services was unchanged.

West Virginia’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined four-tenths of a percentage point to 5.8 in May. West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 6.2 percent in May. The number of unemployed state residents decreased 1,800 to 48,600. Total unemployment was down 7,200 over the year.

The national unemployment rate fell to 4.7 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.