(03/02/2009)
West Virginia's unemployment rate leaped by 1.8 percentage points to 6.2 percent in January as the state lost 22,400 jobs.

Workforce West Virginia said Thursday the bulk of job losses occurred in the service-providing sector.

That sector lost 17,700 jobs, including seasonal declines of 5,400 jobs in government and 4,800 jobs in trade, transportation and utilities.

The goods-producing sector lost 4,700 jobs, including 3,400 in construction and 800 in manufacturing.

More than 49,200 West Virginians were unemployed in January, an increase of 14,500 from December.


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