Associated Press Published

State Unemployment Rises in January


West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate inched higher in January.

WorkForce West Virginia says in a news release that the unemployment rate rose one-tenth of a percentage point to 6.3 percent. The number of unemployed state residents increased by 1,000 in January to 49,400.

Job declines including 1,100 in leisure and hospitality, 800 in government, 600 in construction, and 500 each in professional and business services, and educational and health services. Job gains included 1,000 in manufacturing and 600 in financial activities.

Nationally, the unemployment rate fell one-tenth of a percentage point to 4.9 percent in January.