Unemployment Rate in All 55 WV Counties Increase in November

Richmond's record-low unemployment mirrors state trend

Morgan County's unemployment rate last month was 3.6 percent, fourth lowest statewide, which was up three-tenths of 1 percent from 3.3 percent the month before.

Despite the strong seasonally adjusted job gains the past few months, we continue to see the pace of job growth slow. The amount of people employed and unemployed has also not changed, so the labor force for this county remains at 24,500.

Statewide, November unemployment remained flat from the same time previous year at 4.5 percent, and nationwide, the rate fell from 4.4 percent to 3.9 percent. A year earlier, the unemployment rate was slightly higher at 6.0 percent. Other Midwest rates in November were: Minnesota, 3.1 percent (down from 3.3 percent); and Wisconsin, 3.2 percent (down from 3.4 percent). Private education and health services employment rose by 110 jobs over the month, 60 of those in the health care and social assistance component, the remainder in private educational services.

The Amarillo and Midland Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) recorded the month's lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a non-seasonally adjusted rate of 2.6 percent, followed by the Austin-Round Rock, College Station-Bryan and Lubbock MSAs with a rate of 2.7 percent.

The sectors of Farming and Manufacturing both posted significant job declines for the month, but the loss was offset by gains in other sectors, primarily in retail positions, according to the EDD report.

Jobless rates in neighboring counties in November, with October rates in parentheses, were: Allen, 4.2 percent (4.5 percent); Hardin, 4.1 (4.4); Henry, 3.8 (4); Putnam, 3 (3); Seneca, 3.9 (4.2); Wood, 3.6 (3.9); and Wyandot, 3.1 (3.2).

Total payroll employment fell by 230 jobs in November. Almost 24 percent of those hard-to-fill jobs were in health care and included physicians, surgeons, psychiatrists, occupational and physical therapists and support positions.

Jefferson County had the second highest November unemployment rate among all counties and the highest out of all major labor areas in the state. The unemployment rate is essentially unchanged from this time past year.

Mt. Juliet's rate for November landed at 2.6 percent, a 0.3 percent increase from October.

Crawford: 4.2 percent, up from 4.0 percent.

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