Unemployment Rate in All 55 WV Counties Increase in November

The unemployment rate in Jefferson County spiked from the same time past year when it was 6.3 percent and from October when it was 5.4 percent.

Lewis County's jobless rate last month, however, fell from the same time a year ago from 6.1 percent to 5.9 percent, according to the state Department of Labor.

Last month's 5.8 percent unemployment rate is well below the 8.1 percent of November 2016 and by far is the lowest for that month since 1990, according to the state Employment Security Department. Ripley County reported 3.5 percent and Franklin County ended November with 3.6 percent, Dearborn County had 3.7 percent and Switzerland County had 3.8 percent. The rate was below the year-ago estimate of 7.8 percent.

Ceres had an unemployment rate of 6.7 percent in November, down from the 6.8 percent in October.

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The unemployment rate in Allen County dropped from 4.5 percent in October to 4.2 percent in November. 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 state Employment Department calculates the unemployment rate based on the number of people in Lane County drawing unemployment benefits - which requires them to seek work - and a survey of households by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. While the state average itself declined in the month of November, growth in area Counties remained stagnant or increased slightly. Four counties were at or above 5 percent — Clearwater, 6 percent; Shoshone, 5.5 percent; Lewis, 5.5 percent; and Adams, 5 percent.

Smith said the dramatic story for Louisiana employment has been in the downstream refining and petrochemical sector, which is where the new capital expenditures are occurring. Much of the job growth over the past year was in manufacturing (+150 jobs) and leisure and hospitality (+60 jobs). Losses were partially offset by a gain in the Construction (4,900) sector.

The Boise MSA showed the strongest over-the-year percentage increase in nonfarm jobs, up 2.9 percent, followed by Pocatello, 2.2 percent; Idaho Falls and Lewiston, 1.7 percent; and Coeur dAlene, up 1 percent.

  • Michelle Webb