Workforce West Virginia says 1,800 residents joined the unemployment rolls in November as the state's jobless rate rose to 7.9 percent.
November's rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than October's rate.
The increase raised the total number of unemployed West Virginians to 62,800.
Despite the increase, the service-providing sector gained 1,700 jobs, including 1,400 in trade, transportation and utilities.
The goods-producing sector gained 600 manufacturing jobs but lost 800 jobs in construction and 200 in mining and logging.