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The Fourth District’s unemployment rate decreased 0.5 percentage point to 10.2 percent for the month of January. The decline in the unemployment rate is attributed to an increase of the number of people employed (0.8 percent), a decrease in the number of people unemployed (−3.6 percent) and an increase in the labor force (1.0 percent).
The distribution of unemployment rates among Fourth District counties ranges from 7.1 percent (Greene County, Pennsylvanis) to 21.2 percent (Magoffin County, Kentucky), with the median county unemployment rate at 11.3 percent. These county-level patterns are reflected in state-wide unemployment rates as Ohio and Kentucky have unemployment rates of 10.8 percent and 10.7 percent, respectively, compared to Pennsylvania’s 8.8 percent and West Virginia’s 9.3 percent.