W.Va., U.S. see slight declines in unemployment rates

CHARLESTON – West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined four-tenths of a percentage point to 6.6 percent in April compared to 7.2 percent in March, according to a report from WorkForce West Virginia.

This is the lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the state in four years. The number of unemployed state residents fell 2,600 to 53,500. Total unemployment was down 3,800 over the year.

The national unemployment rate declined one-tenth of a percentage point to 7.5 percent.

Total nonfarm payroll employment declined 100, where a gain of 1,400 in the goods-producing sector was narrowly offset by a loss of 1,500 in the service-providing sector.

Within the goods-producing sector, mining and logging added 600 jobs, construction gained 1,000, and manufacturing employment slipped 200.

Within the service-providing sector, employment gains included 200 in trade, transportation, and utilities, 100 in professional and business services and 200 in other services.

Employment declines included 800 in educational and health services, 600 in leisure and hospitality, and 600 in government. Unemployment was unchanged in both information and financial activities.

Since April 2012, total nonfarm payroll employment has added 2,200 jobs, with gains of 2,000 in the service-providing sector and 200 in the goods-producing sector.

Employment gains included 1,500 in mining and logging, 700 in trade, transportation and utilities, 100 in professional and business services, 1,600 in educational and health services, and 900 in leisure and hospitality.

Employment declines included 100 in construction, 1,200 in manufacturing, 100 in information, 100 in financial activities, 500 in other services, and 600 in government.

West Virginia’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell six-tenths of a percentage point to 6.6 percent in April.

The individual county data will not be released until Friday.

In March, West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined three-tenths of a percentage point to 7.0 percent. Unemployment rates declined in all 55 counties during the month of March.

Five counties reported unemployment rates of 12 percent or higher in March, including Clay (14.6), Webster (13.3), Wirt (12.6), Calhoun (12.0) and Roane (12.0).

Counties with unemployment rates at six percent or less in March included Monroe (6.0), Harrison (5.8), Pendleton (5.5), Jefferson (4.3), and Monongalia (4.1).