West Virginia’s Unemployment Rate at 8.6 Percent in June

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West Virginia’s Unemployment Rate at 8.6 Percent in June

West Virginia’s unemployment rate remained at 8.6 percent in June, WorkForce West Virginia reported today. The number of unemployed state residents climbed 1,100 to 68,500. Total unemployment was down 2,200 over the year.

Total nonfarm payroll employment was unchanged, where a decline of 2,100 in the service-providing sector offset a gain of 2,100 in the goods-producing sector. Employment gains within the service-providing sector included 1,400 in construction, 600 in manufacturing, and 100 in mining and logging. Within the service-providing sector, gains included 2,000 in leisure and hospitality, 1,400 in professional and business services, 700 in trade, transportation, and utilities, 200 in financial activities, and 100 in other services. Employment declines included 6,000 in government, a loss entirely at the state level, and 500 in educational and health services. Information employment was unchanged over the month.