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W.Va. jobless rate inches up

June 21, 2000

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The unemployment rate for West Virginia inched ahead two-tenths of a percentage point to 5.4 percent in May 2000, according to figures released by the state Wednesday.

Berkeley County's jobless rate rose to 3.0 percent, up from 2.6 percent in April, but still below the 3.6 percent of May 1999.

Jefferson County's May jobless rate was unchanged from April at 2.5 percent. The county's unemployment rate for May 1999 was 2.8 percent.

In Morgan County, the rate was higher at 3.0 percent, compared to 2.7 percent for April and 1.7 percent for May 1999.

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Unemployment dipped to 1.8 percent in Hardy County, giving the county the lowest unemployment rate in the state for the month.

Calhoun County's 15.3 percent unemployment rate was the highest in the state. Pendleton County followed at 14.1 percent.

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