West Virginia's Unemployment Rate Increases to 6.1 Percent

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose two-tenths of a percentage point to 6.1 percent in February.

WorkForce West Virginia says the number of unemployed state residents increased by 1,600 last month.

Since February 2014, total nonfarm payroll employment has gone up by 2,300 in the state.

Among the employment losses last month were 900 in mining and logging and 600 in leisure and hospitality. Employment gains in February included 400 in trade, transportation and utilities.

Nationally, the unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percentage point to 5.5 percent in February.