- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percentage point in June to 6 percent.

WorkForce West Virginia said in a news release Tuesday that the number of unemployed state residents dropped by 1,400 last month to 47,200.

Job gains included 1,900 in educational and health services, 1,500 in leisure and hospitality, and 300 both in construction and in trade, transportation and utilities.

Job declines included 9,900 in government, 300 in professional and business services and 200 in manufacturing.

The state’s overall nonfarm payroll employment has dropped by 1,100 since June 2015, including 5,100 in mining and logging and 1,800 in construction.

Nationally, the unemployment rate rose two-tenths of a point to 4.9 percent in June.


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