County unemployment rate up, but still below state average

West Virginia labor force statistics released by Workforce West Virginia on July 24 show unemployment rates for Morgan County have risen since last June, but still remain below the state average.

Workforce West Virginia, which is a division of the state’s Department of Commerce, reports that Morgan County’s unemployment rate in June of this year stood at 4.6 percent – up from 4.1 percent in May. In June 2017, the county’s unemployment rate was 4.1 percent.

West Virginia’s statewide unemployment rate was 5.4 percent in June of this year, and 5.2 percent in June 2017.

Morgan County was one of 22 counties in June with an unemployment rate at or below the state’s average.

The federal unemployment rate, not seasonally adjusted, was 4.2 percent in June of this year. In June of 2017, the national unemployment rate was 4.5 percent, according to the state’s labor statistics.

Morgan County had a civilian labor force of 8,010 workers in June of this year. That’s up 60 workers from June 2017, when the civilian labor force was 7,950, according to state figures.

This June, a total of 7,640 Morgan County workers were employed. In June 2017, the county had a workforce of 7,630.

Morgan County had a reported 370 members of the workforce counted as unemployed in June 2018. That’s up 50 workers from June 2017, when 320 individuals were counted as unemployed.

Three counties in West Virginia have a reported unemployment rate of eight percent or higher – Calhoun (8.0), Mingo (8.7) and McDowell (8.9). At the other end of the scale, three counties have a reported unemployment rate below four percent – Jefferson (3.7), Doddridge (3.7) and Pendleton (3.3).