Department of Numbers

West Virginia Job Growth

There were 745,700 jobs in West Virginia in March 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 742,416 employed persons for the month. West Virginia lost 2,200 jobs in March 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 1,052 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is West Virginia job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 745,700 -2,200 -6,100
CPS 742,416 +1,052 +8,019

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 26,300 jobs have been lost in West Virginia according to the employer survey. From a trough of 743,800 in September 2016, West Virginia has gained 1,900 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in West Virginia reached a maximum of 777,961 in April 2008. 35,545 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 13,335 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through March 2017

West Virginia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
March 2017 745,700 -2,200 742,416 1,052
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
November 2016 754,400 8,900 737,286 218
October 2016 745,500 1,700 737,068 297
September 2016 743,800 -700 736,771 382
August 2016 744,500 -1,000 736,389 480
July 2016 745,500 -100 735,909 546
June 2016 745,600 -4,700 735,363 478
May 2016 750,300 800 734,885 321
April 2016 749,500 -2,300 734,564 167