Jobless Rates Rise In 48 W.V. Counties In Dec.

CHARLESTON, W.V. (AP) - Unemployment rates are up in all but seven of West Virginia's 55 counties.

Figures released Monday by Workforce West Virginia show 48 counties reported higher unemployment rates in December compared to November.

Unemployment rates fell in Brooke, Hancock, Morgan, Ohio, Pleasants and Pocahontas counties. Marshall County's rate, 7.7 percent, was unchanged from November.

Calhoun County's 12.7 percent unemployment rate was the highest in the state. Monongalia County reported the lowest rate, 5 percent.

The state unemployment rate was 7.7 percent, up six-tenths of a percentage point from November.

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