Workforce West Virginia says unemployment in two-thirds of the state's 55 counties increased in July, reflecting an overall rise in the state's jobless rate for the month.
Unemployment increased one-tenth of a percentage point in July
to 4.6 percent.
McDowell County had the highest unemployment rate last month
with 8.6 percent. Other counties with rates considered much worse
than average when compared to the state's overall rate were Mason,
Wetzel, Clay, Mingo and Pocahontas. Their rates ranged from 6.7
percent to 7.1 percent.
Monongalia County recorded the state's best unemployment rate
for a county with 3.2 percent. Other counties with better than
average rates were Hampshire, at 3.3 percent, and Jefferson, at 3.5
Other counties with unemployment rates below the state's 4.6
percent rate in July were Putnam, Pendleton, Kanawha, Gilmer,
Berkeley, Marion, Preston and Harrison.