February unemployment numbers released for region

PARKERSBURG – Three counties in the region are among the highest in unemployment in West Virginia, according to WorkForce West Virginia.

Counties with February unemployment rates greater than 12 percent are Clay at 17 percent, Webster at 14.4 percent, Calhoun at 14.3 percent, Wirt at 14.1 percent, Roane at 13.2 percent, Grant at 12.5 percent and Mason at 12.2 percent.

West Virginia’s unemployment rate was 7.3 percent in February, seasonally adjusted, which was a one-tenth of a percentage point drop, WorkForce said.

Unemployment in Wood County in February was 8 percent, two tenths hire than in January.

Rates for counties in the region (February, January, February 2012) are:

* Calhoun, 14.3 14.6 13.6

* Doddridge, 8.0 8.0 8.9

* Gilmer, 7.9 8.3 7.5

* Jackson, 9.6 9.8 10.6

* Pleasants, 9.8 9.8 10.3

* Ritchie, 9.0 7.9 9.2

* Roane 13.2 13.0 12.9

* Tyler 10.1 10.3 10.4

* Wirt 14.1 13.2 13.1

* Wood, 8.0 7.8 8.6