In Ohio’s coal country, pandemic pushes unemployment rate from bad to worse

Energy News Network: Ohio’s coal mining counties have been hit even harder as unemployment surged following the country’s coronavirus outbreak.

As the statewide unemployment rate moved from 4.7% in February to 5.6% in March, counties in Appalachian Ohio also saw rates twice as high — up to 12.2% in Monroe County. The six counties with the highest percentages of people out of work in March were all in the state’s Appalachian region.

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