Unemployment rates drop in all 55 West Virginia counties

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Unemployment rates fell in all 55 of West Virginia’s counties in July.

Pendleton County has the lowest seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate in the state at 2.7%, followed by Jefferson at 2.8% and Hampshire County at 3%, according to WorkForce West Virginia.

McDowell County had the highest rate in the state at 8.5%, followed by Calhoun at 8.4% and Mingo at 8.3%.

West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted rate dropped three-tenths of a percentage point last month to 5%. The rate is the lowest since January 2020 before the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

The national unemployment rate dropped one-half of a percentage point to 5.4% in July.

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