Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia's unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent in September as the service-providing sector added 2,600 jobs.
Much of the improvement was due to seasonal job gains in government, education and health services.
Workforce West Virginia said Tuesday that the sector's job gains outpaced a loss of 800 jobs in the goods-producing sector.
The number of unemployed West Virginians declined by 3,500 to 64,200.
September's unemployment rate was four-tenths of a percentage point lower than the 8.5 percent rate posted in August.
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