West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 6.0 percent in June 2016. The number of unemployed state residents decreased 1,400 to 47,200. Total unemployment was down 8,300 over the year. The national unemployment rate inched up to 4.9 percent.
Total nonfarm payroll employment decreased 6,000 in June ,with gains of 200 in the goods-producing sector and losses of 6,200 in the service-providing sector.
Within the goods-producing sector, employment increased by 100 in mining and logging, 300 in construction, but decreased by 200 in manufacturing. Within the service-providing sector, employment increases included 300 in trade, transportation and utilities, 100 in information, 100 in financial activities, 1,900 in educational and health services, 1,500 in leisure and hospitality, and 100 in other services. Employment declines included 300 in professional and business services, and 9,900 in government.
Since June 2016, total nonfarm payroll employment has decreased by 1,100. Employment gains included 600 in financial activities, 4,400 in educational and health services, 2,400 in leisure and hospitality, and 1,400 in government. Employment declines included 5,100 in mining and logging, 1,800 in construction, 900 in manufacturing, 600 in trade, transportation and utilities, 700 in information, 300 in professional and business services, and 500 in other services.
West Virginia’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose three-tenths of a percentage point to 6.1 in June.