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 December 2016 to 5.9%. The state unemployment rate was 1.2 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 2.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.7% in July 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see West Virginia unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% +0.1 -0.3
West Virginia 5.9% -0.1 -0.3

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 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 24,318 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 44,752 in August 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,086. West Virginia job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
West Virginia 46,838 -1,093 -1,542

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployed
January 2017 4.8%
December 2016 4.7% 5.9% 46,838
November 2016 4.6% 6.0% 47,931
October 2016 4.8% 6.0% 47,893
September 2016 4.9% 5.8% 45,548
August 2016 4.9% 5.7% 44,752
July 2016 4.9% 5.7% 45,011
June 2016 4.9% 6.0% 47,121
May 2016 4.7% 6.2% 48,644
April 2016 5.0% 6.4% 50,384
March 2016 5.0% 6.5% 51,409
February 2016 4.9% 6.5% 50,821