WV Unemployment Rate For March Hits 10-year High

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Charleston, WV (AP) -- West Virginia's unemployment rate for March hit a 10-year high as 60,400 residents were without work.

Workforce West Virginia said Monday that March's 7.7 percent rate was three-tenths of a percentage point higher then February's rate.

The seasonally adjusted rate was 6.9 percent.

Unemployment grew by 2,100 in March, partly due to losses in mining and manufacturing.

Job growth was reported in construction, government, education, health care, leisure and hospitality.

Overall, the state has lost 16,500 jobs since March 2008.

Workforce Vest Virginia records show that March's unemployment rate was the highest for the state since february 1999, when the rate was 7.6 percent.

The national unemployment rate for March was 8.5 percent.

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