CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- For the 10th month in a row, West Virginia suffered job losses, according to the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy.
Nonfarm employment fell by 900 jobs in November. The construction industry, which was the hardest hit, lost 1,200 in one month.
Total nonfarm employment fell to 13,900 jobs below the state's pre-recession level and its lowest level since early 2010, wrote Sean O'Leary in the December issue of Jobs Count -- a monthly newsletter published by the Center on Budget and Policy.
Between January and November, West Virginia's government sector lost the most jobs, a decrease of 5,700, while the mining sector lost 5,200.
Since December 2007, when the recession began, West Virginia's unemployment rate has risen from 4.1 percent to 7.3 percent last month.
During those five years, the state's manufacturing jobs dropped by 19.4 percent, while construction jobs dropped by 11 percent. Coal mining and logging jobs rose by 3.1 percent during that period, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The construction industry's 3.4 percent job loss in November alone was the industry's worst monthly loss in more than three years, O'Leary's newsletter reported.
In November, small increases in employment occurred in the leisure and hospitality, trade, transportation, utilities and government employment sectors.