The Jackson County unemployment rate dropped for the first time in several months in March, according to new data released recently by Workforce WV.


The Jackson County unemployment rate dropped for the first time in several months in March, according to new data released recently by Workforce WV. 

According to their latest report, the Jackson County unemployment rate dropped to 13.9% in March from a high of 15.3% in February. 

The data shows that the total number of unemployed persons fell from 1,710 in February to 1,540 in March – a drop of 170 unemployed persons.

While the drop is significant, it is not all good news. Total employment only gained by 70 (from 9,490 in February to 9,560 in March) while the Civilian Labor Force fell by the remaining 100, from 11,200 in February to 11,100 in March. 

The Civilian Labor Force is a measure of those over 18 who are either employed in the labor force or actively seeking employment. 

Statewide, the unemployment rate fell from 10.9% in February to 10.1% in March.