Gov. Justice announces lowest unemployment in 11 years


CHARLESTON, WV (WVNS) — Governor Jim Justice announced job numbers for August 2019 show the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped 4.6 percent. This broke the previous record for this decade and is the best seasonally adjusted unemployment rate seen in the state since October 2008.

Governor Justice also said West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has been on a steady decline every month in 2019.

“We keep setting records and getting better and better every month,” Gov. Justice said. “It’s the result of a lot of hard work that’s being done by a lot of great people in my administration to bring more job opportunities to West Virginia and to make sure our citizens have a chance to get a great paycheck and are able to put food on the table for their families.” 

Seasonal adjustment is a statistical technique that attempts to remove the influences of predictable seasonal patterns to reveal how employment and unemployment change from month to month, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate also dropped in August to 4.5 percent, as the total number of unemployed West Virginia residents declined by 500. To-date in Calendar Year 2019, total unemployment is down by 10,200 across the state.

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