One southern county has a higher unemployment rate than any other in the state. According to a new report from WorkForce West Virginia, McDowell County finished at the bottom of the list with 13.9 percent unemployed. The statewide rate is 7 percent.


Three other counties with staggeringly high unemployment:

  • Mingo County – 13.4 percent
  • Roane County – 13.1 percent
  • Calhoun County – 13 percent

Two of those counties (McDowell and Mingo) are on the southern border of the state, the other two are smack in the middle.

unemployment map

Some Good News…

On the whole, however, unemployment dropped in 49 of the state’s 55 counties. The counties with the lowest unemployment:

  • Pendleton County  – 4.4 percent
  • Jefferson County – 4.5 percent
  • Monongalia County – 5.1 percent

(h/t AP)