Jobless numbers reported for March

PARKERSBURG -Unemployment in March in three counties in the region was among the highest in West Virginia, WorkForce West Virginia said on Friday.

While the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined three-tenths of a point to 7 percent in March, five counties reported unemployment at 12 percent or greater.

They were Clay at 14.6 percent, Webster at 13.3 percent, Wirt at 12.6 percent and Calhoun and Roane at 12 percent, the agency said.

Unemployment in Wood County was 7 percent, down from 7.9 percent in February, WorkForce said.

Five counties had less than 7 percent, Monroe at 6 percent, Harrison at 5.8 percent, Pendleton at 5.5 percent, Jefferson at 4.3 percent and Monongalia at 4.1 percent.

Unemployment in other counties in the region was (March, February, March 2012:)

* Doddridge, 6.7, 7.9. 7.7

* Gilmer, 6.4, 7.9, 7

* Jackson, 8.1, 9.6, 9.6

* Pleasants, 7.7, 9.7, 8.1

* Ritchie, 7.3, 9.1, 7.5

* Tyler, 8.8, 10.2, 8.5

Unemployment in the Parkersburg-Marietta metropolitan statistical area of Pleasants, Wirt, Washington and Wood counties 7.2 percent in March, down from 8.2 percent in February amd from 7.9 percent in March 2012.