Department of Numbers

West Virginia Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for West Virginia fell 0.3 percentage points in December 2014 to 6.0%. The state unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in West Virginia peaked in January 2010 at 8.5% and is now 2.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.9% in January 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see West Virginia unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
West Virginia 6.0% -0.3 0.0

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

Unemployment Rate: West Virginia, National

West Virginia monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 2014

Note: Recessions shown in gray

West Virginia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in West Virginia peaked in February 2010 at 68,747. There are now 21,603 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 46,853 in January 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 291. West Virginia job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
West Virginia 47,144 -2,521 -495

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in West Virginia from 1990 to December 2014

West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployed
January 2015 5.7%
December 2014 5.6% 6.0% 47,144
November 2014 5.8% 6.3% 49,665
October 2014 5.7% 6.5% 51,900
September 2014 5.9% 6.6% 52,716
August 2014 6.1% 6.6% 52,344
July 2014 6.2% 6.3% 50,508
June 2014 6.1% 6.2% 49,796
May 2014 6.3% 6.3% 50,924
April 2014 6.2% 6.0% 48,485
March 2014 6.6% 6.1% 48,452
February 2014 6.7% 5.9% 47,261