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POINT PLEASANT — Mason County’s unemployment was up in July, according to the latest statistics from WorkForce West Virginia.

The most recent county numbers were released this week, showing Mason County had an unemployment rate of 9.5 percent in July, up slightly from June’s 8.7 percent. This is still an improvement from where the county was a year ago, with an unemployment rate of 10.7 percent in July 2013.

Also in July, Mason County had a civilian labor force of 9,870, down from June’s 9,950. Total employment in Mason County in July was 8,930, down from June’s 9,090.

Mason County wasn’t alone when it came to unemployment rate increases in July with those increases in 42 of the 55 counties. Unemployment decreased in 10 counties and was unchanged in three counties. Counties with employment rates above 10 percent included McDowell at 10.2 percent, Logan at 10.2 percent, Wetzel at 10.6 percent and Mingo at 12.1 percent. Counties with an unemployment rate at or below 5 percent included Harrison at 5 percent, Putnam at 4.8 percent, Lewis at 4.7 percent, Pendleton at 4.5 percent, Jefferson at 4.4 percent and Monongalia at 4.1 percent.

The number of unemployed state residents rose 800 to 50,600. Total unemployment was down 1,100 over the year. Total nonfarm payroll employment decreased 2,900 in July, with losses of 600 in the goods-producing sector and a loss of 2,300 in the service-providing sector. Within the goods-producing sector, employment declines included 600 in construction and 400 in mining and logging. Manufacturing added 400 jobs over the month. Within the service-providing sector, employment declines included 2,800 in government, 300 in other services, 200 in trade, transportation and utilities, and 100 in information. Employment gains included 600 in educational and health services and 500 in financial activities. Employment in professional and business services as well as leisure and hospitality was unchanged.

Since July 2013, total nonfarm payroll employment has risen by 7,700, with a gain of 7,900 in the service-providing sector offsetting a decline of 200 in the goods-producing sector. Employment gains included 4,600 in professional and business services, 3,500 in leisure and hospitality, 1,900 in financial activities, 1,100 in mining and logging, 700 in manufacturing, 600 in educational and health services, 200 in information and 100 in other services. Employment declines included 2,200 in government, 2,000 in construction and 800 in trade, transportation, and utilities.

West Virginia’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased three-tenths of a percentage point to 6.2 percent. West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased one-tenth of a percentage point to 6.3 percent in July. The national unemployment rate increased one tenth of a percentage point to 6.2 percent.

Information for the article provided by WorkForce West Virginia.

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