West Virginia’s Unemployment Rate at 7.0% in June 2012
West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate inched upward one-tenth of a percentage point to 7.0% in June 2012.
The number of unemployed state residents rose 1,100 to 56,600.
Total unemployment was down 7,600 over the year.
The national unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.2%.
Total nonfarm payroll employment declined 1,200, with losses of 800 in the goods-producing sector and 400 in the service-providing sector.
Within the goods-producing sector, employment declines included 600 in construction and 200 in mining and logging.
Manufacturing employment was unchanged.
Within the service-providing sector, employment declines included 800 in leisure and hospitality, 600 in trade, transportation, and utilities, and 200 in financial activities.
Employment gains included 600 in professional and business services, 400 in government, and 200 in other services.
Employment in educational and health services was unchanged over the month.
Since June 2011, total nonfarm payroll employment has risen 10,600, where a gain of 12,400 in the service-providing sector easily offset a decline of 1,800 in the goods-producing sector.
Employment gains included 8,100 in government, with the bulk of the increase in the local sector, 3,400 in educational and health services, 2,500 in construction, 2,000 in professional and business services, 1,200 in leisure and hospitality, and 100 in other services.
Employment declines included 2,700 in mining and logging, 2,400 in trade, transportation, and utilities, 1,600 in manufacturing, and 300 in financial activities.
West Virginia’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 7.3% of the civilian labor force in June 2012.