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Beckley, West Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Beckley rose 0.7 percentage points in November 2017 to 6.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points higher than the West Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Beckley peaked in February 2010 at 9.2% and is now 3.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.0% in May 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.2 percentage points. You can also compare Beckley unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
West Virginia 5.3% +0.2 -0.5
Beckley 6.2% +0.7 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Beckley, West Virginia, National

Beckley, West Virginia monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Beckley, West Virginia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Beckley peaked in February 2010 at 4,614. There are now 1,856 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,209 in May 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 549.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Beckley 2,758 +316 -229

Number of Unemployed Persons

Beckley, West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Beckley
Unemployment Rate
Beckley
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 5.3% 6.2% 2,758
October
2017
4.1% 5.1% 5.5% 2,442
September
2017
4.2% 5.1% 5.8% 2,561
August
2017
4.4% 5.0% 6.1% 2,687
July
2017
4.3% 4.7% 5.7% 2,544
June
2017
4.3% 4.6% 5.4% 2,400
May
2017
4.3% 4.5% 5.0% 2,209
April
2017
4.4% 4.8% 5.5% 2,463
March
2017
4.5% 4.9% 5.5% 2,440
February
2017
4.7% 5.2% 5.4% 2,431
January
2017
4.8% 5.6% 6.1% 2,749

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.