W.Va. jobless rate rises slightly in August to 7.6 percent

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose slightly in August to 7.6 percent.

August’s rate was one-tenth of a percentage point higher than July’s rate. Workforce West Virginia says 59,800 state residents were unemployed, an increase of 700 from July.

Employment rose by 1,000 in the service-providing sector and fell 300 in the goods-producing sector.

Among the increases were 900 in educational and health services, 700 in trade, transportation and utilities, and 300 in construction.

Employment fell by 600 in manufacturing and 300 each in professional and business services, and in leisure and hospitality.

The national unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percentage point in August to 5.1 percent.

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