Amelia Knisely Published

Unemployment Jumps In W.Va., State Launches Online Job Fairs

Job seekers line up to enter a career fair in Los Angeles, on Dec. 1, 2010. At the peak of the recession, the unemployment rate hit 10 percent. It's now 4.1 percent.

Unemployment in West Virginia jumped in September, and the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is 4 percent, according to data from WorkForce West Virginia.

The national seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is 3.5 percent.

The number of unemployed West Virginia residents jumped 500 to 31,500 people.

Nationally, Federal Reserve leaders said the unemployment rate is likely to increase next year due to interest rate increases in an effort to fight inflation.

They estimate an additional 1.2 million Americans will be unemployed by the end of 2023.

If you’re looking for a job, Workforce West Virginia is hosting virtual job fairs. Participants can apply, chat and interview online with employers participating in the event.