CHARLESTON, WV (LOOTPRESS) – Gov. Justice announced that West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has decreased once again, dropping two-tenths of a percentage point to 4.8% in August 2021.
West Virginia’s unemployment rate is now at its lowest mark since before the pandemic, reaching 4.8% for the first time since June 2019.
The state’s unemployment rate has declined for 16 consecutive months and remains better than the national unemployment rate of 5.2%.
“Our unemployment rate in this state is unbelievable,” Gov. Justice said. “No one is more proud of that than myself. It takes a lot of work from a lot of people to make something like this happen. We should be really proud, all throughout the state, of how we’ve pushed the right buttons.”
The number of unemployed state residents decreased by 1,700 to 38,200. Meanwhile, total employment grew 1,500 over the month.
Since August 2020, total nonfarm payroll employment has increased 24,100.
“We want to just keep pouring it on,” Gov. Justice said. “West Virginia, you’re doing great work. The economy of this state is in good shape and we want to keep it moving that way.”