Department of Numbers

West Virginia Job Growth

There were 748,100 jobs in West Virginia in November 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 738,523 employed persons for the month. West Virginia lost 1,000 jobs in November 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure fell by 1,234 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is West Virginia job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 748,100 -1,000 -6,300
CPS 738,523 -1,234 +1,237

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 772,000. Since then 23,900 jobs have been lost in West Virginia according to the employer survey. From a trough of 742,600 in May 2017, West Virginia has gained 5,500 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in West Virginia reached a maximum of 777,961 in April 2008. 39,438 jobs have been lost in West Virginia since then according to the household survey. From a March 2015 low of 729,081, West Virginia has added 9,442 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2017

West Virginia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2017 748,100 -1,000 738,523 -1,234
October 2017 749,100 2,200 739,757 -743
September 2017 746,900 1,000 740,500 802
August 2017 745,900 -1,400 739,698 -2,254
July 2017 747,300 600 741,952 -2,143
June 2017 746,700 4,100 744,095 -16
May 2017 742,600 -4,500 744,111 935
April 2017 747,100 800 743,176 718
March 2017 746,300 -1,600 742,458 1,094
February 2017 747,900 1,300 741,364 2,316
January 2017 746,600 -200 739,048 1,621
December 2016 746,800 -7,600 737,427 141