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Morgantown, West Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Morgantown rose 0.4 percentage points in November 2017 to 4.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points lower than the West Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Morgantown peaked in November 2010 at 6.5% and is now 2.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.4% in May 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.8 percentage points. You can also compare Morgantown 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
Morgantown 4.2% +0.4 -0.2
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: Morgantown, West Virginia, National

Morgantown, West Virginia monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Morgantown, West Virginia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Morgantown peaked in December 2010 at 4,109. There are now 1,285 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,275 in May 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 549. Morgantown employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Morgantown, West Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Morgantown 2,824 +293 -71

Number of Unemployed Persons

Morgantown, West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Morgantown
Unemployment Rate
Morgantown
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 5.3% 4.2% 2,824
October
2017
4.1% 5.1% 3.8% 2,531
September
2017
4.2% 5.1% 3.8% 2,553
August
2017
4.4% 5.0% 4.0% 2,659
July
2017
4.3% 4.7% 3.8% 2,529
June
2017
4.3% 4.6% 3.6% 2,416
May
2017
4.3% 4.5% 3.4% 2,275
April
2017
4.4% 4.8% 3.8% 2,532
March
2017
4.5% 4.9% 3.9% 2,561
February
2017
4.7% 5.2% 3.9% 2,588
January
2017
4.8% 5.6% 4.3% 2,817

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.