Department of Numbers

West Virginia Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for West Virginia rose 0.5 percentage points in March 2015 to 6.6%. The state unemployment rate was 1.1 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 2.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.9% in December 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also see West Virginia unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% 0.0 -1.1
West Virginia 6.6% +0.5 -0.2

Note: All comparisons are made with March data as April state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: West Virginia, National

West Virginia monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 2015

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 20,333 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 45,595 in January 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 5,228. West Virginia job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
West Virginia 50,823 +3,574 -3,395

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in West Virginia from 1990 to March 2015

West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployed
April 2015 5.4%
March 2015 5.5% 6.6% 50,823
February 2015 5.5% 6.1% 47,249
January 2015 5.7% 5.9% 45,595
December 2014 5.6% 5.9% 45,694
November 2014 5.8% 6.0% 46,630
October 2014 5.7% 6.1% 47,750
September 2014 5.9% 6.3% 48,926
August 2014 6.1% 6.4% 50,064
July 2014 6.2% 6.5% 51,160
June 2014 6.1% 6.6% 52,227
May 2014 6.3% 6.7% 53,167