<h1>Total unemployment was down 1,600 over the year. The national unemployment rate inched up to 4.7 percent.<\/h1>\r\nTotal nonfarm payroll employment decreased 8,300 in December, with gains of 900 in the goods-producing sector and a loss of 9,200 in the service-providing sector.\r\n\r\nThe goods-producing sector reported employment gains of 1,100 in construction and decreases of 100 each in mining and logging and in manufacturing. Within the service-providing sector,\u00a0 employment\u00a0 increases\u00a0 included\u00a0 400\u00a0 in\u00a0 trade,\u00a0 transportation\u00a0 and\u00a0 utilities,\u00a0 100\u00a0 in information, 1,000 in educational and health services, and 300 in other services. Employment declines included 500 in financial activities, 100 in professional and business services, 300 in leisure and hospitality, and 10,100 in government, due almost entirely to election workers at the local level.\r\n\r\nSince\u00a0 December\u00a0 2015,\u00a0 total\u00a0 nonfarm\u00a0 payroll\u00a0 employment\u00a0 has\u00a0 increased\u00a0 by\u00a0 2,200. Employment gains included 1,600 in construction, 200 in trade, transportation and utilities, 5,500 in educational and health services, and 2,000 in leisure and hospitality. Employment declines included 2,300 in mining and logging, 500 in manufacturing, 300 in information, 1,900 in financial activities, 300 in professional and business services, 700\u00a0 in\u00a0 other services and\u00a0 1,100\u00a0 in government.\r\n\r\nWest Virginia\u2019s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased remained at 5.1 percent in December.