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MASON COUNTY — Mason County’s unemployment is on the decline, at least according to the latest statistics.


Mason County’s employment rate for March was 8.3 percent, down from February’s 10.7 percent and January’s 10.9 percent.


This meant Mason County was in a tie for thirteenth place, along with Brooke County, when it came to unemployment rankings within the state’s 55 counties. Preceding Mason and Brooke counties were Fayette and Hancock counties at 8.5 percent in a tie for twelfth place, Grant County at 9.3 percent in eleventh place, Braxton County at 9.5 percent in tenth place, Tyler and Wyoming counties at 9.8 percent and tied for ninth place, Marion and Logan counties at 10 percent and tied for eighth place, McDowell County at 10.1 percent in seventh place, Webster County at 10.6 percent in sixth place, Roane County at 11.1 percent in fifth place, Clay County at 11.4 percent in fourth place, Calhoun County at 11.5 percent in third place, Mingo County at 12.2 percent in second place and Wetzel County at 12.7 percent in first place.


Once again, counties with the lowest unemployment rates were Jefferson at 4.9 percent and Monongalia at 4.1 percent unemployment.


The number of unemployed state residents rose 1,200 in March to 48,500. Total unemployment was down 4,400 over the year. The national unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.7 percent in March.


Total nonfarm payroll employment increased 400 in March, with gains of 1,100 in the goods-producing sector and losses of 700 in the service-providing sector. Within the goods-producing sector, employment gains included 800 in mining and logging, 200 in construction, and 100 in manufacturing over the month. Within the service-providing sector, employment gains included 200 in trade, transportation and utilities, 100 in professional and business services, and 600 in leisure and hospitality.


Employment declines included 200 in financial activities, 500 in educational and health services, 400 in other services and 500 in government. Information employment was unchanged.


Since March 2013, total nonfarm payroll employment has increased 3,000, with a decline of 2,200 in the goods-producing sector offsetting a gain of 5,200 in the service-providing sector. Employment gains included 100 in mining and logging, 200 in trade, transportation, and utilities, 300 in information, 1,500 in financial activities, 2,300 in professional and business services, 200 in educational and health services, 100 in leisure and hospitality, and 900 in government. Employment declines included 1,700 in construction, 600 in manufacturing, and 300 in other services.


West Virginia’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell three-tenths of a percentage point from 7.2 percent to 6.9 percent in March.


Information for this article provided by WorkForceWV.

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