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W.Va. unemployment rate rises in September

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose one-tenth of a percentage point to 7.6 percent in September.

WorkForce West Virginia said Tuesday that total employment fell by 3,200. The job losses included 2,100 in the service-providing sector and 1,100 in the goods-producing sector.

Total employment has fallen 10,000 since September 2011, including 5,600 in mining and logging.

Within the goods-producing sector last month, there was a loss of 500 jobs both in construction and in mining and logging, and 100 in manufacturing.

Employment declines within the service-providing sector included 700 in leisure and hospitality, 600 in trade, transportation, and utilities, 600 in financial activities, and 100 in professional and business services.

The state's unadjusted jobless rate fell three-tenths of a percentage point to 6.9 percent in September.