Jobless rates drop in 49 of West Virginia's 55 counties in April


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CHARLESTON, West Virginia — Unemployment rates dropped in 49 of West Virginia's 55 counties in April.

WorkForce West Virginia says Pendleton County had the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 4.4 percent, followed by Jefferson County at 4.5 percent and Monongalia County at 5.1 percent.

Unemployment rates rose in six counties.

McDowell County's unemployment rate fell from 15.2 percent in March to 13.9 percent in April, but that was still the highest in the state. It was followed by Mingo County at 13.4 percent, Roane County at 13.1 percent and Calhoun County at 13 percent.

West Virginia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose four-tenths of a percentage point to 7 percent in April.

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