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44 Counties See Higher Unemployment

Unemployment climbed in 44 of the state’s 55 counties in May. WORKFORCE West Virginia released the county by county numbers Monday.

The overall unemployment rate for last month was 6.9 percent, which was a two-tenths of a percentage point climb from the previous month.

Unemployment decreased in just six counties; Pocahontas, Clay, Hancock, Randolph, Berkeley and Mineral. While five counties, Roane, Calhoun, Summers, Greenbrier, Hampshire had no change in their rates.

WORKFORCE West Virginia says four counties have unemployment rates higher than 11 percent including Mason, Webster, Boone and Pocahontas.

Monongalia, Jefferson and Putnam counties have the lowest unemployment rates among the 55 counties.

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