CHARLESTON — West Virginia’s unemployment rate in April was at the lowest level seen in the state for more than a decade, Gov. Jim Justice said Wednesday.

Justice said the month’s unemployment rate was just 4.2% — the state’s lowest since 2008.

“When you think back to when I walked in the door, we were in really hard times,” Justice said. “To see how far we’ve come, to where we’re getting more and more good-paying jobs every day for so many hard-working West Virginians, it’s truly incredible.”

The April unemployment data was compiled by WorkForce West Virginia, the agency that oversees the state unemployment insurance program, and was not seasonally adjusted.

All but one county saw an increased job rate, and two counties reported unemployment of 3% or lower — Jackson, at 3%, and Jefferson, at 2.5%.

State Commerce Secretary Ed Gaunch said the rates can be attributed to advantages the state provides to businesses.

“Employers are taking advantage of the aspects of West Virginia that deliver competitive advantages for their businesses,” he said. “Favorable cost of doing business, access to markets and a hard-working, skilled workforce are creating momentum in West Virginia.”

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