West Virginia’s disappointing trend of losing jobs continued in September as the state shed 3,200 jobs, marking the eighth straight month of job loss. So far in 2012, only January has seen a monthly increase in jobs. Total nonfarm employment stood at 747,500 in September, 12,800 jobs below its pre-recession level. The state’s unemployment rate ticked up to 7.6 percent, its highest level since December 2011.
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Other figures from the Development Office report include:
• West Virginia’s total employed workforce is expected
to grow from 772,000 in 2010 to 809,000 in 2020, an
increase of 37,000 or 4.8 percent.
• 78.7 of all job openings in West Virginia will be to fill
• Nearly 60 percent of the new job openings in West
Virginia will require at least a two-year degree.
• Annual job openings are predicted to be the highest
in the following employment sectors: Office and
Administrative Support, Sales and Related, Food
Preparation and Serving-Related, Transportation and
Material Moving, and Construction and Extraction.