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Unemployment rates up in 53 W.Va. counties

Jan. 18, 2013 @ 11:30 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Unemployment rates rose in Cabell County and most of West Virginia's 55 counties in December.

Cabell County's rate rose from 5.8 percent in November to 6.1 percent in December. That is still lower than the statewide rate of 7.4 percent and the 6.4 percent tallied in December 2011.

The December rate also was up from November in Putnam, 9.7 percent to 10.1 percent, and Wayne, 6.7 percent to 7.4 percent.

WorkForce West Virginia said Friday that only Brooke and Pocahontas counties reported lower jobless rates during the month.

Jefferson and Monongalia counties have the lowest rate in the state at 4.8 percent. Clay County's 14.9 percent rate is the highest.

West Virginia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.5 percent, up two-tenths of a percentage point from November's rate. Total employment for the month was 733,900, down from 737,500 in December 2011.



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