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CHARLESTON (AP) -

Labor statistics show the percentage of West Virginia workers paid an hourly wage at or below the federal minimum standard declined in 2012.

There were 453,000 workers being paid hourly rates in West Virginia last year. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Wednesday 13,000 of them earned the current minimum wage of $7.25 per hour and 13,000 hourly workers earned less.

The portion of workers earning at or below the minimum wage standard in West Virginia fell from 7.4% to 5.7% last year. The bureau says 65% of those workers are female, down from 68% the previous year.

Overall, hourly employees in West Virginia earned an average of $12.92 per hour in 2012, up from $12.78 the year before. The 2012 national average was $12.80.

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