Unemployment declines in Mason County

Beth Sergent

September 21, 2013

MASON COUNTY — After two months of being on the rise, the unemployment rate decreased in Mason County which had the third highest unemployment rate in the state.

The latest numbers released by WorkForce West Virginia are for August which reported Mason County had an unemployment rate of 9.7 percent, down from July’s 10.7 percent and June’s 10.5 percent.

Again, this means Mason County came in third place out of 55 counties in terms of its unemployment rate - last month, it came in second place. This month second place belonged to Mingo County at 10.8 percent unemployment while Webster County had the highest unemployment rate at 11.4 percent.

Monongalia and Jefferson counties had the lowest unemployment rates, both with 4.2 percent, respectively.

The number of unemployed state residents rose 700 to 49,600. Total unemployment was down 11,600 over the year. The national unemployment rate decreased one-tenth of a percentage point to 7.3 percent. Total nonfarm payroll employment climbed 1,700, with gains of 900 in the goods producing sector and 800 in the service-providing sector. Within the goods-producing sector, mining and logging added 900 jobs, construction gained 400, and manufacturing lost 400. Within the service-providing sector, employment gains included 500 in professional and business services, 200 in other services, 100 in government, 100 in educational and health service and 100 in information. Employment declines included 300 in trade, transportation and utilities 100 in financial activities and 700 in leisure and hospitality.

Since August 2012, total nonfarm payroll employment has added 7,600 jobs, with gains of 4,000 in the service-providing sector and 3,600 in the goods-producing sector. Employment gains included 4,000 in mining and logging, 500 in manufacturing, 300 in trade, transportation and utilities, 700 in professional and business services, 1,500 in educational and health service, 900 in leisure and hospitality and 1,900 in government. Employment declines included 900 in construction, 100 in information, 600 in activities, and 600 in other services.

West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased one-tenth of a percentage point to 6.3 percent in August.

Information for this article based on data from WorkForce West Virginia.