More counties saw increase in jobless claims in June


Daniel Tyson - The Register-Herald



West Virginia’s unemployment numbers continues to increase, a trend reflected in regional jobless claims.

Earlier this month, WorkForce West Virginia said the state’s unemployment rate for June was 7.4 percent, marking the sixth straight month of increases and well above the national average of 5.3 percent.

Tuesday’s release of a county-by-county data explained just how bad the jobless situation was in June. Of the state’s 55 counties, 46 saw increase rates, two stayed the same and only seven saw decreases, and they were small.

Mingo and McDowell counties had unemployment rates higher than 13 percent, 14 percent and 13.6 percent, respectively.

Raleigh County saw a jump in unemployment claims in June to 7.7 percent up from 7.4 percent in May. Fayette County spiked from 8.2 percent in May to 8.9 percent in June. Wyoming County jobless claims increased nearly an entire percentage point from 10 percent in May to 10.9 percent in June.

Summers County’s rate increased to 6.9 percent in June from 6.8 percent in May. Nicholas went from 8.8 percent to 9.2 percent. Monroe County saw a three-tenths increase from 5.6 percent in May to 5.9 percent in June.

Only Greenbrier County saw a decrease in jobless claims, down from 6.5 percent in May to 6.3 percent last month.

Even the job strong Eastern Panhandle, considered part of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan, area, saw increases. Jefferson County, which often has the state’s lowest unemployment rate, witnessed a three-tenths of a percent increase from 4.3 in May to 4.6 in June.

Logan and Mineral counties jobless rates held steady at 11.9 percent and 7.4 percent, respectively.

Strangely, five of the seven counties that saw decreases border Virginia. Hampshire (5.4), Hardy (7.2), Pendleton (4.3), Pocahontas (8.0) and Greenbrier along with Calhoun (10.0) and Randolph (7.1) saw hiring in June.

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Daniel Tyson

The Register-Herald

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