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Unemployment rises in 26 W.Va. counties, including some in Mid-Ohio Valley

WorkForce West Virginia's map of Nov., 2018 Unemployment Rates By County.
WorkForce West Virginia's map of Nov., 2018 Unemployment Rates By County.(WTAP)
Published: Jan. 1, 2019 at 5:38 PM EST
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Unemployment rates rose in 26 of West Virginia's 55 counties in November, 2018, including in 7 counties in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

WorkForce West Virginia says jobless rates decreased in 21 counties, and remained steady in eight others, in November.

Here are the November, 2018 unemployment rates for the civilian labor force in West Virginia counties in the Mid-Ohio Valley:

Calhoun: Increased from 6.1% to 8.8%, for a total of 220 workers unemployed.

Doddridge: Increased from 3.5% to 3.6%, for a total of 140 workers unemployed.

Jackson: Decreased from 4.5% to 4.4%, for a total of 530 workers unemployed.

Mason: Decreased from 5.8% to 5.7%, for a total of 560 workers unemployed.

Pleasants: Increased from 4.9% to 5.3%, for a total of 150 workers unemployed

Ritchie: Decreased from 4.4% to 4.3%, for a total of 190 workers unemployed.

Roane: Increased from 6.0% to 6.7%, for a total of 330 workers unemployed.

Tyler: Increased from 5.3% 5o 5.7%, for a total of 190 workers unemployed.

Wirt: Increased from 6.0% to 6.5%, for a total of 140 workers unemployed.

Wood County: Increased from 5.7% to 5.8%, for a total of 1,730 workers unemployed.

Overall in West Virginia, McDowell County had the highest unemployment rate, at 9.2%, and Jefferson County had the lowest unemployment rate, at 2.9%.

Statewide, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.2 percent in November. The national rate was 3.7 percent.

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