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 January 2017 to 5.6%. 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 3.2 percentage points lower. You can also see West Virginia unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% +0.1 -0.1
West Virginia 5.6% -0.2 -0.7

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

Unemployment Rate: West Virginia, National

West Virginia monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 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 27,636 fewer people unemployed in the state. West Virginia job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
West Virginia 43,520 -1,631 -6,150

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployed
February 2017 4.7%
January 2017 4.8% 5.6% 43,520
December 2016 4.7% 5.8% 45,151
November 2016 4.6% 5.8% 45,629
October 2016 4.8% 5.9% 46,095
September 2016 4.9% 5.9% 46,472
August 2016 4.9% 6.0% 46,704
July 2016 4.9% 6.0% 46,810
June 2016 4.9% 6.0% 46,942
May 2016 4.7% 6.0% 47,275
April 2016 5.0% 6.1% 47,896
March 2016 5.0% 6.2% 48,654