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 October 2014 to 6.5%. The state unemployment rate was 0.7 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 2.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.9% in January 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also see West Virginia unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.1 -1.4
West Virginia 6.5% -0.1 +0.2

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

Unemployment Rate: West Virginia, National

West Virginia monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 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 16,811 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 46,853 in January 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 5,083. West Virginia job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
West Virginia 51,936 -780 +2,313

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployed
November 2014 5.8%
October 2014 5.8% 6.5% 51,936
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 6.3% 6.0% 48,485
March 2014 6.7% 6.1% 48,452
February 2014 6.7% 5.9% 47,261
January 2014 6.6% 5.9% 46,853
December 2013 6.7% 6.0% 47,639
November 2013 7.0% 6.2% 48,613