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Jul. 20, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio's unemployment rate rose to 7.2 percent in June with a loss of 12,500 jobs -- the second largest of any state that month -- after the rate had remained at 7 percent for the previous two months.

June's seasonally adjusted rate is the highest since August. The number of unemployed workers in Ohio in June was almost 413,000, up by about 8,000 compared with May.

Data released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Labor shows that nationwide, unemployment rates increased in 28 states in June, partly because more Americans began searching for work and not all of them got jobs. The government doesn't count people as unemployed unless they are actively looking for work.

Skelding named executive chef at The Greenbrier

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -- The Greenbrier has a new executive chief.

The White Sulphur Springs resort says Bryan Skelding will oversee The Greenbrier's 14 dining venues.

Skelding replaces Richard Rosendale, who left after five years to pursue other interests.

Skelding has served in various capacities at the resort, most recently overseeing food and banquet operations as executive sous chef. He earned his culinary arts degree in 1999 from Madison Area Technical College in Madison, Wis. His first job at the Greenbrier was in 2002 as lead chef in the Tavern Room.

Longtime pharmacy closes in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. -- A Parkersburg pharmacy tradition came to an end this week, as Stout's Pharmacy closed its doors after 116 years in business.

Stout's once had locations in Mineral Wells and St. Marys as well as Parkersburg. The last location's inventory and stock were sold to CVS Pharmacies and other liquidation operators. Owner Bruce Pfalzgraf said changes in the insurance industry have made it difficult for many independent pharmacies to do business.

Pfalzgraf and five other employees will go to work for CVS.

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