Unemployment Drops In Calhoun; County Still State’s Third Highest

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According to Workforce West Virginia, Calhoun was one of only five counties that saw its unemployment rate decrease in June (47 counties increased, three saw no change).

It still left the county with the third highest rate in the state.
The top 10 highest un-employment rates were:

  • McDowell, 8.9%
  • Mingo, 8.7
  • Calhoun, 8.0
  • Logan, 7.5
  • Clay, 7.5
  • Wyoming, 7.2
  • Lincoln, 7.2
  • Roane, 7.0
  • Mason, 7.0
  • Mercer, 6.8.

The lowest rates were in Pendleton, 3.1 percent; Jefferson, 3.7; and Doddridge, 3.7.

The state average was 5.4 percent in June.

Comparing June 2018 with June 2017, Workforce reported the following for Calhoun:

2018 2017

Civilian Labor Force
2,510 2,450

Total Employment
2,310 2,260

Total Unemployment
200 190

Unemployment rate
8.0% 8.2%

Total non-Farm payroll
1,370 1,330

The average rate of unemployment for Cal-houn over the last eight years was as follows:

  • 2010 14.0%
  • 2011 12.7
  • 2012 11.1
  • 2013 10.1
  • 2014 9.8
  • 2015 12.5
  • 2016 12.8
  • 2017 10.5

Charts showed that unemployment had increased from Jan. 2017 to Apr. 2018, 5.3% to 5.4% in West Virginia, while the U.S. average declined from 4.8% to 3.9%.

In other statistics, per capita personal income increased in West Virginia from $29,323 to $36,624 from 2007 to 2016.

Across the U.S., income over the same time period increased from $39,821 to $49,246.