W.Va. Unemployment Rate Continues to Fluctuate

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia's February unemployment was 8.2 percent in February, up from 7.9 percent in January and down from 9.3 percent in the same month a year ago.

WorkForce West Virginia said Tuesday that the number of jobless residents fell by 1,900 to 57,600. Total unemployment was down 6,500 from February 2011.

There was a 600-job net drop in the service-providing sector, including 300 government jobs and 900 in trade, transportation and utilities. Educational and health services fields gained 1,100 jobs.

The goods-producing sector lost 700 net jobs. Mining and logging declined by 900 jobs, while construction and manufacturing each added 100.

The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point to 7.2 percent in February. That compares to the seasonally adjusted national rate of 8.3 percent.

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