Jefferson Co. jobless rate at 6-year low

CHARLES TOWN — May’s Jefferson County jobless numbers fell four points to 3.9 percent, the lowest in six years, according to WorkForce West Virginia.

The number of people collecting unemployment in Jefferson County dropped from 1,080 in April 2013 to 990 in May. The county’s unemployment rate was at 4.5 percent in March 2007, nine months before the current recession began, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research.

West Virginia’s unemployment rate declined four-tenths of a percent to 6.2 percent in May 2013.

May unemployment figures also declined throughout West Virginia, with only two counties reporting rates above 10 percent: Pocahontas at 10.3 and Webster at 10.8.

Three counties reported an unemployment rate at or below 4 percent. These included Pendleton at 4.0 and Jefferson and Monongalia counties, both at 3.9. The number of unemployed state residents fell 3,300 in May. Total unemployment in the state was down 8,600 cases over the year.

— Marla Pisciotta

 

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