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Cabell jobless rate remains at 7.3%

Mar. 23, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Cabell County's unemployment rate was unchanged between January and February at 7.3 percent, slightly lower than the 7.5 percent posted a year ago and under the statewide rate of 8.1 percent.

Statewide, 35 counties reported unemployment rates declining between January and February, but in many areas, the job picture has been slow to improve. Twenty four counties had rates higher than a year ago, according to figures released by WorkForce West Virginia on Friday.

Statewide, the jobless rate dropped from 8.3 percent in January to 8.1 percent in February, the same as February 2012.

But several area counties continued with jobless rates over 10 percent, including Lincoln at 10.7, Logan at 10, McDowell at 10.8 and Mason at 12.2 percent. Calhoun County had the highest rate in the state at 17 percent and Monongalia had the lowest at 4.9 percent.

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