Department of Numbers

West Virginia Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for West Virginia fell 0.0 percentage points in August 2016 to 5.7%. The state unemployment rate was 0.8 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 3.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.7% in July 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see West Virginia unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate August 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% 0.0 -0.2
West Virginia 5.7% 0.0 -1.0

Unemployment Rate: West Virginia, National

West Virginia monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to August 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 26,405 fewer people unemployed in the state. West Virginia job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
West Virginia 44,751 -260 -8,197

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployed
August 2016 4.9% 5.7% 44,751
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
January 2016 4.9% 6.3% 49,450
December 2015 5.0% 6.2% 48,380
November 2015 5.0% 6.3% 49,183
October 2015 5.0% 6.4% 50,229
September 2015 5.1% 6.6% 51,500