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Wheeling, West Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Wheeling 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 Wheeling peaked in February 2010 at 10.1% and is now 4.5 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 Wheeling 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
Wheeling 5.6% +0.2 -0.8
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: Wheeling, West Virginia, National

Wheeling, West Virginia monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Wheeling, West Virginia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Wheeling peaked in March 2010 at 7,056. There are now 3,488 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,408 in May 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 160. Wheeling employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Wheeling, West Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Wheeling 3,568 +98 -534

Number of Unemployed Persons

Wheeling, West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Wheeling
Unemployment Rate
Wheeling
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 5.3% 5.6% 3,568
October
2017
4.1% 5.1% 5.4% 3,470
September
2017
4.2% 5.1% 5.4% 3,488
August
2017
4.4% 5.0% 5.8% 3,711
July
2017
4.3% 4.7% 5.5% 3,570
June
2017
4.3% 4.6% 5.5% 3,528
May
2017
4.3% 4.5% 5.3% 3,408
April
2017
4.4% 4.8% 5.8% 3,700
March
2017
4.5% 4.9% 6.1% 3,916
February
2017
4.7% 5.2% 6.3% 4,097
January
2017
4.8% 5.6% 6.5% 4,176

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.