Department of Numbers

West Virginia Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for West Virginia fell 0.2 percentage points in December 2015 to 6.3%. The state unemployment rate was 1.3 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 2.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.9% in December 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also see West Virginia unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
West Virginia 6.3% -0.2 +0.4

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 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 21,862 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 45,595 in January 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,699. West Virginia job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
West Virginia 49,294 -1,843 +3,600

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployed
January 2016 4.9%
December 2015 5.0% 6.3% 49,294
November 2015 5.0% 6.5% 51,137
October 2015 5.0% 6.9% 54,294
September 2015 5.1% 7.3% 57,767
August 2015 5.1% 7.6% 59,802
July 2015 5.3% 7.5% 59,115
June 2015 5.3% 7.4% 57,506
May 2015 5.5% 7.2% 56,411
April 2015 5.4% 7.0% 54,434
March 2015 5.5% 6.6% 50,812
February 2015 5.5% 6.1% 47,249