Jobless rate on rise in Mason Co.

Beth Sergent - [email protected]

POINT PLEASANT — After three consecutive months of decline, the unemployment rate in Mason County, increased.

The most recent county numbers are for June and show Mason County had an unemployment rate of 7.6 percent, up from May’s 6.8 percent. The unemployment rate for June 2015 was at 9.1 percent.

Mason County was not alone with its increase in unemployment, with 42 total counties following that trend. Unemployment rates decreased in 11 counties and two counties reported no change in jobless rates.

Jefferson County had the lowest unemployment rate at 3.4 percent, while McDowell County has the highest unemployment rate at 14.1 percent.

Jobless rates in neighboring and/or nearby counties in West Virginia in June include: Jackson County at 6.2 percent; Cabell County at 4.8 percent; Putnam County 4.7 percent; and Kanawha County at 5.3 percent.

Across West Virginia, total nonfarm payroll employment decreased 6,000 in June, with gains of 200 in the goods-producing sector and losses of 6,200 in the service-providing sector.

Within the goods-producing sector, employment increased by 100 in mining and logging, 300 in construction, but decreased by 200 in manufacturing.

Within the service-providing sector, employment increases included 300 in trade, transportation and utilities, 100 in information, 100 in financing activities, 1,900 in educational and health services, 1,500 in leisure and hospitality, and 100 in other services. Employment declines included 300 in professional and business services, and 9,900 in government.

Since June 2015, total nonfarm payroll employment has decreased by 1,100. Employment gains included 600 in financial activities, 4,400 in educational and health services, 2,400 in leisure and hospitality, and 1,400 in government. Employment declines included 5,100 in mining and logging, 1,800 in construction, 900 in manufacturing, 600 in trade, transportation and utilities, 700 in information, 300 in professional and business services, and 500 in other services.

West Virginia’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose three-tenths of a percentage point to 6.1 in June; the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 6 percent in June. The number of unemployed state residents decreased 1,400 to 47,200. Total unemployment was down 8,300 over the year.

The national unemployment rate inched up to 4.9 percent.

Information for this article provided by WorkForce West Virginia.

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.