CHARLES TOWN — Jefferson, Putnam and Monongalia are the only counties in the state with unemployment remaining below 6 percent.
[cleeng_content id="815163779" description="Read it now!" price="0.15"]Unemployment climbed in 44 counties with six counties — Pocahontas, Clay, Hancock, Randolph, Berkeley and Mineral — reporting falling unemployment.
Five counties reported no change from April unemployment figures. They include, Roane, Calhoun, Summers, Greenbrier and Hampshire.
Jefferson’s total nonfarm payroll went from 15,900 in April to 16,100 in May.
Goods producing went from 1,360 in April to 1,320 in May and service producing went from 14,540 in April to 14,780 in May 2012.
West Virginia’s unemployment rate was at 6.9 percent in May.
The number of unemployed state residents rose 1,900 to 55,600.
Total unemployment was down 7,500 over the year.
The national payroll unemployment rate inched upward 1/10 of a percentage point to 8.2 percent.
Among the major worker groups nationally, the unemployment rates for adult men at 7.8 percent and Hispanics at 11 percent, edged up in May, while the rates for adult women at 7.4 percent, teenagers at 24.6 percent, whites at 7.4 percent, and blacks at 13.6, percent showed little or no change. The jobless rate for Asians was 5.2 percent in May not seasonally adjusted, down from 7 percent a year earlier.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the number of long-term unemployed, those jobless for 27 weeks and over, rose from 5.1 to 5.4 million in May. These individuals accounted for 42.8 percent of the unemployed.[/cleeng_content]