CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has gone up.

According to WorkForce West Virginia, the rate increased one-tenth of a percentage point to 6.3 percent in August.

The number of state residents without jobs has increased 700 to 49,600.

Total non-farm payroll employment climbed 1,700, with gains of 900 in the goods-producing sector and 800 in the service-providing sector.

The largest employment gain was in mining and logging with 900 additional jobs. The largest employment decrease was 700 in leisure and hospitality.

The national unemployment rate decreased one-tenth
of a percentage point to 7.3 percent.

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  • Philly

    The governors blue ribbon commission has a proposal to create over 10,000 jobs and take care of all the states roads and bridges. And to top this....out of state customers will pay for 76% of it. Looks like a no brainier huh? Not here. Watch our elected officials tell you how bad is, while all of our surrounding states are already moving forward with similar plans. Like Ricky Bobby sez "if you ain't first, you're last". WV politicians just skip to the latter...

  • Science Graduate Minor in Business

    Another thought- this is a classic example of big corporation coming into our State reaping the profits of our resources and then leaving us with their environmental damage. With no investments in bringing in clean coal technologies, we can invest for job opportunities in environmental cleanup of these Mine and Slurry impoundment sites but who is going to pay for such job creation.??

  • Science Graduate Minor in Business

    If the State had taken some of the coal severance monies and invested in research for making coal a cleaner energy source, we wouldn't be losing coal mining jobs but would be expanding coal production. I guess that people who don't believe in global warming also believe the world is still flat. The economy of the United States is driven by cheap energy and we need to invest and implement clean coal technology in the State of West Virginia.

    • Shadow

      Would you explain why the ice mass in the Arctic has increased 60% in the last year? When I took Physics, water froze when it got below 32 degrees. Did that change under Al?