MASON COUNTY — Out of 55 counties, Mason County had the third highest unemployment rate in the state for November, according to the latest statistics released by WorkForce West Virginia.
In November, Mason County’s unemployment rate was 9.6 percent, which was actually a decrease from October’s 9.8 percent unemployment. In November 2012, the unemployment rate was 10.2 percent.
This November, counties with unemployment rates above nine percent included Pocahontas at 9.1 percent, Mingo at 9.4 percent, Mason at 9.6 percent, Webster at 9.8 percent and Wetzel at 10 percent (the highest rate in the state).
Counties with unemployment rates below four percent included Pendleton at 3.8 percent, Jefferson at 3.3 percent and Monongalia at three percent (the lowest in the state). West Virginia’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell three-tenths of a percentage point to 5.3 percent in November. West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell one-tenth of a percentage point to 6.1 percent in November. Unemployment rates dropped in 41 counties and increased in 13 counties. Only one county reported no change in the unemployment rate.
The number of unemployed state residents fell 1,400 in November to 48,200. Total unemployment was down 12,200 over the year. The national unemployment rate decreased three-tenths of a percentage point to seven in November. Total nonfarm payroll employment increased 500 in November, with gains of 500 in the service-providing sector and no change in the goods-producing sector.
Within the goods-producing sector, employment gains included 500 in mining and logging and 100 in manufacturing. Construction lost 600 jobs over the month. Within the service-providing sector, employment gains included 700 in financial activities, 600 in professional and business services, 300 in educational and health services, 100 in information, and 100 in other services. Employment declines included 800 in leisure and hospitality, 300 in government, and 200 in trade, transportation, and utilities.
Since November 2012, total nonfarm payroll employment has added 9,100 jobs, with gains of 4,000 in the service-providing sector and 5,100 in the goods-producing sector. Employment gains included 3,300 in mining and logging, 2,100 in educational and health services, 1,800 in construction, 1,800 in professional and business services, 1,000 in government, 500 in financial activities, and 100 in information. Employment declines included 700 in leisure and hospitality, 400 in other services, and 400 in trade, transportation, and utilities. Manufacturing was unchanged over the year.
Information for this article provided by WorkForce WV.