W.Va. Unemployment Rate Dropped In November

West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased slightly in November.

According to a release, WorkForce West Virginia indicated a drop to 6.2 percent, down two-tenths of a percentage point from the October.


According to the numbers released, unemployed state residents declined 1,600 in November to 47,600. Total employment was up 6,400 over the month.


The national unemployment rate decreased to 6.7 percent in November.


WorkForce West Virginia stated that total non-farm payroll employment decreased 400 in November, with a decline of 800 in the goods-producing sector and an increase of 400 in the service-providing sector.


Within the service-providing sector, employment gains included 1,100 in leisure and hospitality, 1,000 in education and health services, 400 in government, and 300 in financial activities. Employment declines included 2,000 in trade, transportation, and utilities, 300 in other services, and 100 in information, a release stated.


Employment in professional and business services remained unchanged over the month.

West Virginia’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased one-tenth of a percentage point to 5.7 percent in November.



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