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ADVANCES: Debbie Rodriguez had advanced from Realtor to brokerage development leader at Cedar One Realty.

She will specialize in education, training, goal strategizing and marketing plans for new agents as well as those with more advanced careers. Rodriguez has worked as a full-time Realtor for eight consecutive years, obtaining high sales as recognized by the Ohio Realtors Association for four years. She is on track to receiving recognition for 2019.

Rodriguez is active as a director on the East Central Board of Realtors and has been nominated as president-elect for the 2020 term.

Unemployment up: The unemployment rate for West Virginia increased slightly in November even as national unemployment ticked down.

The state’s seasonally adjusted rate grew to 4.9 percent for the month, up one-tenth of a percentage point, as the number of unemployed state residents increased by 1,200 people, according to WorkForce West Virginia, a division of the state Commerce Department. The national unemployment rate dropped by one-tenth of a percentage point to 3.5 percent for November.

Mining and logging jobs in West Virginia declined by 800 in November. Since November 2018, the state’s nonfarm payroll employment has increased by 800, with growth in other sectors offsetting the loss of 1,100 mining and logging jobs for the year.

Education and health services grew by 1,600 jobs, and trade, transportation and utilities by 1,600 jobs.

From staff and wire reports

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