Calhoun County leads West Virginia in unemployment, a position it has maintained for many years. It was listed at 19.4 percent.

Roane County was next with 12.9 percent.

The unemployment statistics do not count people who have been dropped from the unemployment roster.

More light manufacturing jobs are leaving the area, with more to be announced. Announcement was made this week GS of West Virginia, a Jackson County plant, will be moving to Mexico, which will affect over 200 jobs. The jobs are going to foreign counties, mostly Mexico, through globalization or world trade programs like NAFTA and GATT.

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