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Parkersburg-Vienna, West Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Parkersburg rose 0.5 percentage points in November 2017 to 5.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the West Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Parkersburg peaked in July 2009 at 9.5% and is now 3.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.9% in May 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.9 percentage points. You can also compare Parkersburg 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
Parkersburg 5.8% +0.5 +0.1
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: Parkersburg, West Virginia, National

Parkersburg, West Virginia monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Parkersburg, West Virginia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Parkersburg peaked in July 2009 at 4,144. There are now 1,952 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,898 in May 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 294.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Parkersburg 2,192 +191 -29

Number of Unemployed Persons

Parkersburg, West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Parkersburg
Unemployment Rate
Parkersburg
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 5.3% 5.8% 2,192
October
2017
4.1% 5.1% 5.3% 2,001
September
2017
4.2% 5.1% 5.4% 2,056
August
2017
4.4% 5.0% 5.6% 2,150
July
2017
4.3% 4.7% 5.3% 2,064
June
2017
4.3% 4.6% 5.0% 1,957
May
2017
4.3% 4.5% 4.9% 1,898
April
2017
4.4% 4.8% 5.5% 2,128
March
2017
4.5% 4.9% 5.4% 2,085
February
2017
4.7% 5.2% 5.3% 2,073
January
2017
4.8% 5.6% 5.7% 2,214

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.