Department of Numbers

Huntington-Ashland, West Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Huntington rose 0.2 percentage points in November 2017 to 5.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the West Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Huntington peaked in November 2010 at 9.2% and is now 3.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.3% in May 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Huntington 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
Huntington 5.6% +0.2 -0.3
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: Huntington, West Virginia, National

Huntington, West Virginia monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Huntington, West Virginia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Huntington peaked in November 2010 at 14,414. There are now 6,160 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 7,793 in May 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 461.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Huntington 8,254 +407 -396

Number of Unemployed Persons

Huntington, West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Huntington
Unemployment Rate
Huntington
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 5.3% 5.6% 8,254
October
2017
4.1% 5.1% 5.4% 7,847
September
2017
4.2% 5.1% 5.4% 7,916
August
2017
4.4% 5.0% 5.8% 8,480
July
2017
4.3% 4.7% 5.7% 8,374
June
2017
4.3% 4.6% 5.6% 8,163
May
2017
4.3% 4.5% 5.3% 7,793
April
2017
4.4% 4.8% 5.7% 8,358
March
2017
4.5% 4.9% 5.6% 8,244
February
2017
4.7% 5.2% 5.7% 8,349
January
2017
4.8% 5.6% 6.0% 8,778

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.