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W.Va. jobless rate down for first time since January

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped three tenths of a percent in September, down to 7.3 percent, according to data released Wednesday by WorkForce West Virginia.

September marked the end of a rocky eight-month stretch that saw West Virginia’s unemployment rate go from 5.9 percent in January to a peak of 7.6 percent in August. That’s more than two percentage points higher than the national unemployment rate, which sits at 5.1 percent.

“It sort of looked like we were turning a corner last month, like we were reaching the nadir, and I think that’s what happened,” Jeff Green, director of research, information and analysis for WorkForce West Virginia, said. “It’s news we’ve been hoping for…

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