CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped three-tenths of a percentage point to 5% in July.
The rate is the lowest since it was 5% in January 2020 before the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The rate jumped to a high of 15.6% in April 2020 as employers temporarily closed their doors during the pandemic but has fallen steadily since.
The number of unemployed state residents dropped by 2,100 in July to 39,900, WorkForce West Virginia said in a statement Wednesday.
Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 3,600 in July. Employment gains included 2,200 in government, 600 in mining and logging, 500 in financial activities, 300 in education and health services, 300 in professional and business services and 200 in manufacturing.
Job declines included 300 in trade, transportation and utilities; 200 in construction; and 200 in information, the statement said.
The national unemployment rate dropped one-half of a percentage point to 5.4% in July.