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Increase in workforce participation, hiring in service industry seen in West Virginia


A recent report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics showed greater workforce participation and growth in several industries.

Total non-farm payroll employment rose by 467,000 in January, but the unemployment rate saw little change, at 4.0% compared to 3.9% a month prior, according to a Feb. 4 report from the bureau.

Despite the unemployment rate moving from 3.9% to 4.0%, workforce participation reportedly grew, meaning the number of individuals actively seeking employment increased.

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