West Virginia’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 8.8 Percent in April

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West Virginia’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 8.8 Percent in April

West Virginia’s unemployment rate declined nine-tenths of a percentage point to 8.8 percent in April, WorkForce West Virginia reported today. The number of unemployed state residents fell 6,100 to 68,400. Total unemployment was up by only 100 over the year.

Total nonfarm payroll employment added 10,700 jobs, with gains of 5,300 in the goods-producing sector and 5,400 in the service-providing sector. Employment gains within the goods-producing sector included 4,300 in construction, 800 in mining and logging, and 200 in manufacturing. Within the service-providing sector, gains included 2,200 in trade, transportation, and utilities, 1,200 in professional and business services, 900 in leisure and
hospitality, 600 in educational and health services, 300 in financial activities, 100 in information, and 100 in other services. Government employment was unchanged over the month.

Since April 2010, total nonfarm payroll employment has risen 8,100, with gains of 7,400 in the service-providing sector and 700 in the goods-producing sector. Employment gains included 3,000 in educational and health services, 2,700 in trade, transportation, and utilities, 2,600 in professional and business services, 2,100 in mining and logging, 600 in manufacturing, 500 in information, 400 in leisure and hospitality, and 100 in other services. Employment declines included 2,000 in construction, 1,700 in government, and 200 in financial activities.

West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined three-tenths of a percentage point to 8.8 percent, while the national rate climbed two-tenths of a percentage point to 9.0 percent.