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West Virginia Jobless Rate Increases

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

West Virginia's unemployment rate in June rose slightly, but it was still the month's lowest level ever.

Workforce West Virginia says the unemployment inched upward by
one-tenth of a percentage point to four-and-a-half percent.

The service-providing sector lost 500 jobs and the goods-producing sector gained 12-hundred.

The total number of unemployed residents rose by 12-hundred to 37-thousand, but the total unemployment was down 55-hundred over the year.

Declines in the service-providing sector included 34-hundred
jobs in government and eleven-hundred in educational and health
services.

Employment gains included 17-hundred in leisure and hospitality,
eleven-hundred in professional and business services and 700 in trade, transportation and utilities.

West Virginia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was
four-point-three percent in June, while the national rate remained
at four-and-a-half percent.


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