Associated Press Published

State Unemployment Rate Unchanged in August

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West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged in August at 5.7 percent.

WorkForce West Virginia said in a news release Tuesday that the number of unemployed state residents dropped by 200 last month to 44,800.

Job gains included 1,200 in trade, transportation and utilities; 600 in educational and health services; 600 in leisure and hospitality; 400 in professional and business services; and 200 in mining and logging.

Job declines included 600 in government, 500 each in manufacturing and financial activities and 200 in information.

The state’s overall nonfarm payroll employment has increased by 1,500 since August 2015, including gains of 5,100 in educational and health services, 2,600 in leisure and hospitality and 500 in government. Mining and logging lost 3,900 jobs.

Nationally, the unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.9 percent.