Unemployment rates rose between June and July in Brooke, Hancock and Marshall counties, remaining stable in Ohio County, according to Workforce West Virginia's monthly report. In our area, only Tyler and Wetzel counties showed modest improvement in the number of people collecting paychecks.
But percentages don't tell the whole story. Between June and July, unemployment in Tyler and Wetzel counties decreased by just 30 people, according to the report.
Meanwhile, the jobless rolls grew by about 180 people in Brooke, Hancock and Marshall counties.
Think of it this way: Approximately one in every eight people in Hancock County who want to work can't find jobs. The numbers are not much better in most other local counties. These are real people - nearly 6,200 of them in the six Northern Panhandle counties.
President Barack Obama said his plan to boost the economy is working. The vast majority of West Virginians are not buying that, for good reason.