CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s unemployment rate fell slightly in September to 5.2 percent, the lowest it has been so far this year.

The national unemployment rate sits at 3.7 percent.

According to WorkForce West Virginia, nonfarm payroll employment has increased by 5,900 since September 2017, which includes 2,500 positions in education and health services; 1,900 in trade, transportation and utilities; 1,900 in construction; and 1,500 in government. The biggest declines include 1,400 jobs in other services; 600 in professional and business services; and 500 in financial activities.