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Jobless rates rise in 39 WV counties

November 23, 2018

CHARLESTON — Unemployment rates rose in 39 of West Virginia’s 55 counties in October.

WorkForce West Virginia says unemployment rates dropped in Clay and Pendleton counties and was unchanged in 14 other counties.

Pendleton County’s seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate of 2.8 percent was the lowest in the state, followed by Jefferson County at 3.1 percent and Doddridge County at 3.5 percent.

McDowell County had the highest unemployment rate at 8.6 percent. Wyoming County was next at 6.8 percent followed by Mingo County was

Ikea’s main operator goes local; to create jobs

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Swedish home furnishings giant Ikea said the biggest retailer within its franchise system is to create a net 4,000 jobs over the coming two years as it expands its online presence and opens new shops in city centers to complement its trademark larger stores in the suburbs.

Ikea said the cutbacks at Ingka Group will allow it to focus “on its e-commerce platform, to better meet the needs of its customers and be more convenient and affordable to many more people.” Ingka is to open stores in 30 major city centers to diversify its reach, which it said will eventually create 11,500 jobs over the coming two years.

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