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 October 2017 to 5.1%. The state unemployment rate was 1.0 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 3.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.5% in May 2017, 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 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% -0.1 -0.7
West Virginia 5.1% 0.0 -0.8

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 2017

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 31,290 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 35,198 in May 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 4,668. West Virginia job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
West Virginia 39,866 +29 -6,229

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in West Virginia from 1990 to October 2017

West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployed
November 2017 4.1%
October 2017 4.1% 5.1% 39,866
September 2017 4.2% 5.1% 39,837
August 2017 4.4% 5.0% 39,224
July 2017 4.3% 4.7% 36,883
June 2017 4.4% 4.6% 35,576
May 2017 4.3% 4.5% 35,198
April 2017 4.4% 4.8% 37,158
March 2017 4.5% 4.9% 38,120
February 2017 4.7% 5.2% 40,370
January 2017 4.8% 5.6% 43,551
December 2016 4.7% 5.8% 45,151