Undated (AP) -- An Associated Press analysis shows West Virginia's economy is slipping deeper into recession.
West Virginia had been among several states weathering the economic downturn better than most, but unemployment has risen over the past three months.
The increase has been due to a loss of jobs in such industries as energy and construction.
Unemployment in February hit 11 percent.
West Virginia joined Idaho, Mississippi, Montana and Wisconsin with the sharpest unemployment gains in the past three months.
The AP's economic stress index found the nation's average county's stress score in January was 11.9, up from December's previous high of 10.8.
West Virginia's was 11.32 in January.
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