WorkForce West Virginia Issues Monthly Jobless Rates

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Unemployment increased in all 55 West Virginia counties in February.

WorkForce West Virginia says the unemployment rate statewide increased from 7.0 percent to 7.6 percent. The rates have not been seasonally adjusted.

The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased two-tenths of a percentage point, to 6.1 percent.

The February unemployment rate in 2014 was 8.1 percent.

The highest jobless rates last month were in McDowell and Calhoun counties, each weighing in with rates topping 14 percent. Rates of 6.0 or less were recorded in Pendleton, Berkeley, Monongalia and Jefferson, the state’s lowest.