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West Virginia payroll employment increased by 2,700 jobs (0.4 percent) in December. The unemployment rate increased 0.1 percentage point to 4.3 percent.

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  • West Virginia payroll employment increased by 2,700 jobs (0.4 percent), on net, in December. The most jobs were added over the month in leisure and hospitality (1,100 jobs). The most jobs were lost in other services (200 jobs).
  • On a year-over-year basis, West Virginia employment increased by 18,000 jobs (2.6 percent), on net, in December. The most jobs were added in government (4,800 jobs), while the most jobs were lost in manufacturing (200 jobs). Compared to February 2020, before the pandemic, West Virginia employment was down 0.2 percent.
  • The unemployment rate in West Virginia increased 0.1 percentage point to 4.3 percent in December. It was 0.2 percentage point above its December 2022 reading and 1.0 percentage point below its pre-pandemic rate (February 2020).

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  • West Virginia issued 210 residential permits in November, down from 262 permits issued in October and up from the 186 issued in November 2022.
  • According to the Federal Housing Finance Agency, home values in West Virginia in the third quarter were up 2.7 percent from a year earlier.
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  • Term Definitions

    Payroll Employment
    The number of nonfarm jobs (persons on payrolls) according to where those jobs are located.

    Unemployment Rate
    The number of unemployed persons (those not employed but available and searching for work) as a percent of the civilian labor force (the total number of employed plus unemployed persons).

    Industry Structure
    A breakdown of total nonfarm jobs by industry. Percentages sum to 100 percent.

    Industry Growth
    The percentage change in jobs in each industry from a year ago.

    Building Permits
    The number of privately owned single-family and multi-family units authorized in permit-issuing places.

    House Price Index
    A repeat sales index, measuring average price changes in repeat sales or refinancings on the same single-family properties.

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