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W.Va. Unemployment Rate Steady In January

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) â¿¿ West Virginia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged in January at 7.4 percent.

WorkForce West Virginia said Tuesday that the number of unemployed state residents increased by 100 to 60,300.

The goods-producing sector saw an employment gain of 1,500, while the service-providing sector lost 600 jobs.

Within the goods-producing sector, job gains included 1,100 in logging and mining, and 400 in construction.

Within the service-providing sector, job gains of 800 in leisure and hospitality and 600 in financial activities were offset by declines of 1,000 in government and 800 in educational and health services.

Nationally, the unemployment rate rose slightly to 7.9 percent in January.

West Virginia's unadjusted unemployment rate rose a full percentage point in January to 8.3 percent.

Copyright 2011 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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