West Virginia's Unemployment Rate Hits 7 Year High

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Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- Workforce West Virginia reports the state's unemployment rate in February hit a seven-year high.

The agency said Monday that last month's unemployment rate was 7.5 percent, up from January's 6.2 percent.

February's rate is the highest for the state since February 2003, when it hit 7.2 percent.

Workforce West Virginia says 10,200 state residents lost their jobs in February. That brought the total number of unemployed to nearly 59,000.

The biggest declines were in construction, manufacturing, mining and logging.

Service-producing jobs were stable as seasonal gains in government, education and health services offset losses in transportation, trade and utilities.

West Virginia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6 percent.

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