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West Virginia unemployment rate drops to 4.6% in September

October 20, 2021 GMT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point to 4.6 in September, the lowest rate since August 2008.

Total unemployment grew 1,200 over the month and the number of unemployed state residents dropped by 2,100 to 36,000, WorkForce West Virginia said in a statement.

West Virginia’s seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate fell a percentage point to 3.2 percent, the lowest rate on record for the state, the statement said.

Sean O’Leary, a policy analyst with the nonprofit West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, said on Twitter the unemployment rate’s continued drop is due in large part to workers leaving the labor force rather than finding employment. He said the falling rate is just as much “a story of population decline as it is anything else.”

Employment gains included 700 in mining and logging, and 700 in construction. Among the job declines were 1,100 in education and health services, 500 in manufacturing, 500 in leisure and hospitality and 300 in financial activities.

Total nonfarm payroll employment has increased 20,200 since September 2020, the statement said.

The national unemployment rate fell four-tenths of a percentage point to 4.8 percent in September.