Department of Numbers

West Virginia Job Growth

There were 771,900 jobs in West Virginia in November 2016 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 746,421 employed persons for the month. West Virginia added 10,400 jobs in November 2016 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure fell by 366 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is West Virginia job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey November 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 771,900 +10,400 +10,900
CPS 746,421 -366 +12,755

West Virginia Employment Changes

The charts below shows the monthly job growth for West Virginia as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment in West Virginia

CES employment peaked in May 2012 for West Virginia at 783,600. Since then 11,700 jobs have been lost in West Virginia according to the employer survey. From a trough of 758,600 in February 2016, West Virginia has gained 13,300 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in West Virginia reached a maximum of 777,961 in April 2008. 31,540 jobs have been lost in West Virginia since then according to the household survey. From a April 2015 low of 728,593, West Virginia has added 17,828 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2016

West Virginia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2016 771,900 10,400 746,421 -366
October 2016 761,500 -300 746,787 1,481
September 2016 761,800 700 745,306 3,005
August 2016 761,100 900 742,301 4,229
July 2016 760,200 -2,400 738,072 4,232
June 2016 762,600 -6,200 733,840 1,779
May 2016 768,800 7,600 732,061 177
April 2016 761,200 -600 731,884 -2,200
March 2016 761,800 3,200 734,084 -1,406
February 2016 758,600 -700 735,490 -268
January 2016 759,300 -2,200 735,758 1,732
December 2015 761,500 500 734,026 360