Unemployment rate unchanged in Mountain State

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state’s unemployment rate held steady for November at 5.2 percent, according to figures released by WorkForce West Virginia.

The number of unemployed residents in the Mountain State declined by 200 to 40,300, which represents the lowest seasonally adjusted total unemployment during the past year.

West Virginia’s unemployment has been steadily declining during the past 12 months. There are now 2,000 fewer residents receiving unemployment benefits.

WorkForce West Virginia said job gains in November came in the areas of construction and manufacturing while mining and logging showed a drop in employment.

The national unemployment rate for November was unchanged at 3.7 percent.

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