- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Unemployment rates dropped in 52 of West Virginia’s 55 counties in March.

WorkForce West Virginia says the unemployment rate rose in McDowell County and was unchanged in Barbour and Brooke counties.

Jefferson County’s 4 unemployment rate was the lowest in the state, followed by Berkeley County at 4.7 percent and Monongalia County at 5 percent.

Calhoun County had the highest unemployment rate at 16 percent. Mingo was next at 14.3 percent and McDowell was at 13.6 percent.

Statewide, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged in March at 6.5 percent.

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