Department of Numbers

West Virginia Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for West Virginia fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2016 to 6.4%. The state unemployment rate was 1.4 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in West Virginia peaked in November 2010 at 8.8% and is now 2.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.2% in December 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see West Virginia unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate April 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.4
West Virginia 6.4% -0.1 -0.7

Unemployment Rate: West Virginia, National

West Virginia monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to April 2016

Note: Recessions shown in gray

West Virginia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in West Virginia peaked in November 2010 at 71,156. There are now 20,803 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 48,380 in December 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,973. West Virginia job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
West Virginia 50,353 -1,056 -4,981

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in West Virginia from 1990 to April 2016

West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployed
April 2016 5.0% 6.4% 50,353
March 2016 5.0% 6.5% 51,409
February 2016 4.9% 6.5% 50,821
January 2016 4.9% 6.3% 49,450
December 2015 5.0% 6.2% 48,380
November 2015 5.0% 6.3% 49,183
October 2015 5.0% 6.4% 50,229
September 2015 5.1% 6.6% 51,500
August 2015 5.1% 6.7% 52,948
July 2015 5.3% 6.9% 54,405
June 2015 5.3% 7.1% 55,494
May 2015 5.5% 7.1% 55,832