West Virginia’s Unemployment Rate At 9.7 Percent in March

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West Virginia’s Unemployment Rate At 9.7 Percent in March

West Virginia’s unemployment rate declined one-half of a percentage point to 9.7 percent in March, WorkForce West Virginia reported today. The number of unemployed state residents fell 5,100 to 74,600. Total unemployment was down 300 over the year.

Total nonfarm payroll employment added 7,000 jobs, with gains of 1,200 in the goodsproducing sector and 5,800 in the service-providing sector. Employment gains within the goods-producing sector included 600 in manufacturing, 500 in construction, and 100 in mining and logging. Within the service-providing sector, gains included 2,400 in government, 1,900 in professional and business services, 700 in educational and health services, 400 in leisure and hospitality, 300 in trade, transportation, and utilities, and 100 in financial activities. Employment was unchanged in both information and in other services.

Since March 2010, total nonfarm payroll employment has risen 4,600, with an increase of 5,800 in the service-providing sector overpowering a decline of 1,200 in the goodsproducing sector. Employment gains included 2,900 in professional and business services, 2,300 in educational and health services, 1,700 in leisure and hospitality, 1,700 in mining and logging, 1,100 in trade, transportation, and utilities, 900 in manufacturing, 400 in other services, and 200 in information. Employment declines included 3,800 in construction, 2,300 in government, and 500 in financial activities.

West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined three-tenths of a percentage point to 9.1 percent, while the national rate inched downward one-tenth of a percentage point to 8.8 percent.  

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