CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County continues to show strong unemployment rates compared with the rest of West Virginia.
In December 2006, Jefferson County was one of only two counties that had unemployment rates much lower than the state average, according to WorkForce West Virginia, a division of the state Department of Commerce.
Monongalia County had a 2.3 percent unemployment rate in December, while Jefferson County had a 2.7 percent rate, the Department of Commerce said.
The state unemployment rate in December was 4.6 percent.
Jefferson County is showing an impressive unemployment rate even though the county has lost big employers.
Among those who have decided to close their Jefferson County operations are mail fulfillment center AB&C Group Inc. and Kidde Fire Fighting Inc., both of which operated in Ranson, W.Va.