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As of December 2013, West Virginia was in a three-way tie with Texas and Missouri as the state with the 17th lowest unemployment rate in the United States, at 6.0 percent unemployment. This is below the national average, but not by much. West Virginia residents work hard every day to lower this number, and Workforce West Virginia provides press releases with this information regularly on their main website located here: http://www.wvcommerce.org/.
As previously stated though, West Virginia is currently in better shape than the national average of U.S. states, with the national average coming in a 6.7 percent.
When it comes to individual counties in West Virginia, the top five counties with the lowest unemployment rates as of November 2013 were:
Monongalia County – 3.0 percent
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Jefferson County – 3.3 percent
Pendleton County – 3.3 percent
Monroe County – 4.0 percent
Preston County – 4.2 percent
On the other side of that coin, the top five counties with the highest rates of unemployment were:
Wetzel County – 10.0 percent
Webster County – 9.8 percent
Mason County – 9.6 percent
Mingo County – 9.4 percent
Pocahontas County – 9.1 percent
For a full list of counties and their unemployment rates in West Virginia, you can visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics website at: http://www.bls.gov/.