Wednesday, August 19, 2015

W.Va. jobless rate rises slightly in July to 7.5 percent

(AP) — West Virginia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose slightly in July to 7.5 percent.

July's rate was one-tenth of a percentage point higher than the previous month's rate. Workforce West Virginia says 59,100 state residents were unemployed, an increase of 1,600 from June
The national unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.3 percent.

Employment in both the service-providing and goods-producing sectors declined. The goods-producing sector lost 900 jobs and the service-providing sector lost 1,300 jobs.

Employment was up in some areas. Manufacturing added 100 jobs and government gained 1,300 jobs.