- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dipped in May to 6.2 percent.

WorkForce West Virginia said in a news release Tuesday that the number of unemployed state residents dropped by 1,800 last month to 48,600.

Job gains included 9,400 in government, 1,100 in professional and business services and 500 in financial activities.

Job declines included 1,900 in construction, 1,300 in leisure and hospitality, and 600 in mining and logging.

The state’s overall nonfarm payroll employment has increased by 1,400 since May 2015 but has dropped by 6,800 in mining and logging.

Nationally, the unemployment rate fell to 4.7 percent in May.


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