Jobless rates rise in 27 of West Virginia's 55 counties in March


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CHARLESTON, West Virginia — Unemployment increased in 27 of West Virginia's 55 counties in March.

WorkForce West Virginia says Calhoun County's unemployment rate of 15.9 percent was up from 14.7 percent in February and was the highest in the state.

Other counties with the highest rates were McDowell at 15.4 percent and Roane at 14.4 percent.

Jefferson County had the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 4.8 percent, followed by Monongalia County at 5 percent, Pendleton County at 5.8 and Berkeley County at 5.9.

Overall, the unemployment rate dropped in 17 counties and didn't change in 11 others from February.

West Virginia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose one-half of a percentage point to 6.6 percent in March.

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