10K unemployed people gone from WV labor stats - WTRF 7 News Sports Weather - Wheeling Steubenville

10K unemployed people gone from WV labor stats

Posted: Updated:
  • BusinessBusinessMore>>

  • Smartphones share state fair sights

    Smartphones share state fair sights

    Saturday, August 23 2014 6:00 AM EDT2014-08-23 10:00:15 GMT
    An influx of mobile traffic was expected at The State Fair of West Virginia, so AT&T tracked just how many selfies, statuses and shares have taken place during the 90th annual state fair, which wrapped up Aug. 16.
    An influx of mobile traffic was expected at The State Fair of West Virginia, so AT&T tracked just how many selfies, statuses and shares have taken place during the 90th annual state fair, which wrapped up Aug. 16.
  • Obama offers new accommodations on birth control

    Obama offers new accommodations on birth control

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:18 PM EDT2014-08-22 19:18:08 GMT
    Seeking to quell a politically charged controversy, the Obama administration announced new measures Aug. 22 to allow religious nonprofits and some companies to opt out of paying for birth control for female employees while still ensuring those employees have access to contraception.
    Seeking to quell a politically charged controversy, the Obama administration announced new measures Aug. 22 to allow religious nonprofits and some companies to opt out of paying for birth control for female employees while still ensuring those employees have access to contraception.
  • Hatfield and McCoy feuding continues in Gilbert, WV

    Hatfield and McCoy feuding continues in Gilbert, WV

    Thursday, August 21 2014 11:39 PM EDT2014-08-22 03:39:40 GMT
    A modern day family feud is brewing in Gilbert, WV over moonshine and the family name.
    A modern day family feud is brewing in Gilbert, WV over moonshine and the family name.

West Virginia's unemployment rate in July was down nearly a full percentage point from a year ago, but not because more people are working.

Rather, the difference was the number of people who are no longer counted as part of the labor force.

According to data released last week by WorkForce WV, the unemployment rate in July was 6.2 percent, an improvement from 7.0 percent in July 2012. The number of people counted as unemployed fell by about 10,000 from 60,300 last year to 50,000 this year.

The total number of employed West Virginians was relatively steady, at 756,200 this July to 756,700 last year.

The difference was almost all in the number of unemployed people.

Between July 2012 and July 2013, the statewide civilian labor force has declined by nearly 10,000.

"This could be a reflection of jobseekers temporarily giving up on actively seeking employment," said Courtney S. Sisk, public information specialist for WorkForce WV.

"Several industries have yet to fully recover from their recession losses, including construction, manufacturing, and retail trade, which together in 2012 were down approximately 12,000 jobs from their 2008 pre-recession levels."