West Virginia's Unemployment Rate Rises

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

The national unemployment rate may be improving, but the number of those without work in West Virginia continues to rise.

The state's unemployment rate rose again in November, and is now at 7.9 percent.

With another 1,800 jobs lost, that makes it even tougher for those already on the job hunt.

"It's pretty bad unless you want to settle for minimum wage, part time, like 16 hours a week. That isn't really gonna feed a person," Ronald Drennen, who has been looking for work for nearly six months, said.

According to the Associated Press, about 1,000 of West Virginia's recent unemployment numbers comes from construction and mining and logging jobs.


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  • by JIMBOB on Dec 16, 2009 at 05:01 PM
    wILLY07 YEA YOU GOTTA LOOK BUT YOU KNOW THE JOBS THAT YOU HAVE LISTED YOU HAVE TO TAKE A TEST FOR THEM AND YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR THEM AND HOW IS SOMEONE GOING TO AFFORD THAT AND THEY CANT AFFORD THERE BILLS! YOU KNOW WHAT MY HUSBAND IS UNEMPLOYED AND WE BUST ARE BUTTS EVERYDAY. BUT THEY CHOOSE WHO THEY WANT AND IF THERE ARE QUALIFIED MY HUSBAND HAS EXPERIENCE IN CONSTRUCTION AND ALL THAT! IN MY OPINION GET OUT OF THIS TOWN WHILE YOU CAN IF U DON'T WANT TO END UP LOSING EVERYTHING THAT YOU HAVE.AND LIVE ON THE STREETS OR YOUR CAR IF YOU DON'T LOSE THAT! MY QUESTION TO THIS COMMUNITY IS HOW ARE WE SUPPOSE TO PROVIDE FOR ARE KIDS AND FAMILY IF ALL THIS TOWN WANTS TO DO IS TAKES JOBS AND NOT HELP OUT THE PEOPLE WHO NEED IT
  • by April Location: Parkersburg on Dec 16, 2009 at 05:11 AM
    All I am saying is people need more then 16 hours a week to survive and not end up living in tents along the river.
  • by mynamehere Location: Pburg on Dec 16, 2009 at 04:18 AM
    These employers need to stop "seasonal work" and the "at will" work ethics. It just makes it more difficult to keep the job and to actually find the job. My family is moving from this decrepit state, it has been a failing region for a few years now. If everyone was smart get out while you can!!
  • by STEVE Location: BELPRE on Dec 16, 2009 at 03:07 AM
    Rollo, RIGHT ON,
  • by willy07 Location: parkersburg on Dec 15, 2009 at 10:10 PM
    If it comes down to needing a job...JAK dudley ave $9 hr 25 to 40hrs a week, its better than nuthin, plus there has been plenty of jobs posted locally..HINO, FORMA in Marietta , ya just gotta look!!
  • by Toad belcher Location: P-Burg on Dec 15, 2009 at 08:59 PM
    Rollo, I agree.
  • by rollo Location: the valley on Dec 15, 2009 at 04:59 PM
    Ah, April....we dont live on a socialist/fascist society. The Govt. CANT (thank goodness) require that sort of thing. The best thing we can " hope " for is LESS govt. And, less of ANYTHING from this administration.
  • by April Location: Parkersburg on Dec 15, 2009 at 10:09 AM
    It will continue to rise as all of the "seasonal" jobs will be coming to a close. Employers should be required to give a minumum of 30 hours per week and at least six full months of employment if it is only temporary.
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