June 2012 Jobs Count

July 20, 2012 by and

2012’s Slide Continues Into June – Total nonfarm employment fell for the fifth straight month, as West Virginia lost 1,200 jobs in June. June marked the third straight month with job losses over 1,000, the first time that has happened since early 2009. Nonfarm employment has been below its pre-recession level since April. Unemployment in the state crept up to 7.0 percent, a small increase over May’s rate. Read

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