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Unemployment numbers slightly less bad in August

The Free Press WV


West Virginia’s unemployment rate declined by one-tenth of a point in August to 5.3 percent.

The number of unemployed residents fell 800 individuals to 41,300. Total unemployment, however, is up 800 people compared to August 2017.

The biggest month-to-month gains were 500 positions in trade, transportation and utilities and 300 in manufacturing, while 400 positions were lost in mining and logging.

The national unemployment rate is 3.9 percent.

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