West Virginia Umemployment on the Rise

By: Paul Gessler Email
By: Paul Gessler Email

July's unemployment rate was unchanged on the national level in July, but West Virginia's unemployment rate rose slightly to match it.

The rate increased one-tenth of a percentage point to 4.6 percent. Workforce West Virginia says that's the lowest level for the month ever.

The service-providing sector lost 5,300 jobs and the goods-producing sector gained 100 jobs. The total number of unemployed residents rose by 1,000 to 38,000.

Declines in the service-providing sector included 4,100 jobs in government; 700 in trade, transportation and utilities; and 500 in educational and health services.

West Virginia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.8 percent in July, while the national rate rose one-tenth of a percentage point to 4.6 percent.

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