Jobless rate declines in Mason Co.


Beth Sergent - bsergent@civitasmedia.com



POINT PLEASANT — For the second consecutive month, jobless rates dropped in Mason County.

The most recent county numbers are for April and show Mason County had an unemployment rate of 7 percent, down from March’s 8.1 percent. The unemployment rate for April 2015 was at 8.9 percent.

Mason County was not alone with its decrease in unemployment, with 54 counties following that trend. Only Pocahontas County showed an increase in unemployment.

Jefferson County had the lowest unemployment rate at 3.3 percent, while Mingo County had the highest at 13.2 percent unemployment.

Jobless rates in neighboring and/or nearby counties in West Virginia in April include: Jackson County at 6.5 percent; Cabell County at 4.6 percent; Putnam County 4.9 percent; and Kanawha County at 5.6 percent.

Unemployment numbers for neighboring counties in Ohio for April included Meigs County at 7.8 percent, down from March’s 9.6 percent unemployment. Meigs was ranked sixth out of 88 counties in terms of unemployment. Gallia County was at 6.3 percent unemployment in April, down from March’s 7.6 percent, ranking it at 22 out of 88 counties, according to statistics from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Across West Virginia, total nonfarm payroll employment decreased 600 in April, with gains of 600 in the goods-producing sector and losses of 1,200 in the service-providing sector.

Within the goods-producing sector, employment increased by 100 in mining and logging, 200 in construction and 300 in manufacturing. Within the service-providing sector, employment increases included 900 in educational and health services, 300 in leisure and hospitality and 600 in government. Employment declines included 500 in trade, transportation and utilities, 100 in information, 400 in financial activities, 1,300 in professional and business services and 700 in other services.

Since April 2015, total nonfarm payroll employment has decreased by 4,900. Employment gains included 200 in financial activities, 2,100 in educational and health services, 600 in leisure and hospitality and 900 in government. Employment declines included 5,700 in mining and logging, 300 in construction, 400 in trade, transportation and utilities, 700 in information, 1,200 in professional and business services and 400 in other services. Employment in manufacturing was unchanged over the year.

West Virginia’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined one percentage point to 6.2 percent in April. West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 6.4 percent in April. The number of unemployed state residents decreased 1,000 to 50,400. Total unemployment was down 4,900 over the year. The national unemployment rate remained at 5 percent.

Information for this article provided by WorkForce West Virginia and ODJFS.

Beth Sergent

bsergent@civitasmedia.com

Reach Beth Sergent at bsergent@civitasmedia.com or on Twitter @BSergentWrites.

Reach Beth Sergent at bsergent@civitasmedia.com or on Twitter @BSergentWrites.

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