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Dylan Vidovich/Logan Banner A "For Rent" sign is pictured in the window of a former business at Dingess St. in downtown Logan.

CHARLESTON - Unemployment data released for the month of November 2018 showed that 670 people were without work in Logan County - down slightly from the October total of 680 - for a steady unemployment rate of 6.5 percent.

According to the information provided by WorkForce West Virginia, the November 2018 totals were a noticeable improvement compared with last year's numbers. In November 2017, 790 people were unemployed in Logan County, which represented a rate of 7.4 percent.

Compared with the neighboring counties of Lincoln, Boone, Mingo and Wyoming, Logan ranked third, just behind Mingo and Wyoming Counties. The November unemployment rates for the five counties are as follows:

n Lincoln County: 5.8 percent (no change from October).

n Boone County: 5.2 percent (down from 5.4 percent in October).

n Logan County: 6.5 percent (no change from October).

n Mingo County: 6.8 percent (no change from October).

n Wyoming County: 8.0 percent (up from 6.9 percent in October).

McDowell County remained the county with the state's highest unemployment rate, at 9.2 percent, followed by Calhoun County at 8.8 percent and Wyoming County at 8.0 percent. Jefferson County reported the lowest unemployment rate at 2.9 percent, making it the only county in the state with a number below 3 percent.

The state's not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 4.6 percent in November. Unemployment rates went up in 26 counties, down in 21 counties and remained unchanged in eight counties.

The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 5.2 percent, making it third highest in the nation. Statewide, a total of 40,300 people were without work, down 200 from October. A year ago, that number was 42,300.

Dylan Vidovich is a news reporter for HD Media. Contact him by phone at 304-896-5196 or follow him on Twitter @DVidovichLB.

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