Department of Numbers

West Virginia Job Growth

There were 701,200 jobs in West Virginia in April 2022 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 766,179 employed persons for the month. West Virginia added 2,400 jobs in April 2022 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 1,020 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is West Virginia job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 701,200 +2,400 +17,400
CPS 766,179 +1,020 +22,545

West Virginia Employment Changes

The charts below shows the monthly job growth for West Virginia as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment in West Virginia

CES employment peaked in May 2012 for West Virginia at 745,200. Since then 44,000 jobs have been lost in West Virginia according to the employer survey. From a trough of 616,800 in April 2020, West Virginia has gained 84,400 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in West Virginia reached a maximum of 770,072 in April 2008. 3,893 jobs have been lost in West Virginia since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 645,656, West Virginia has added 120,523 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through April 2022

West Virginia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
April 2022 701,200 2,400 766,179 1,020
March 2022 698,800 1,800 765,159 2,127
February 2022 697,000 3,500 763,032 1,894
January 2022 693,500 -300 761,138 2,689
December 2021 693,800 2,500 758,449 164
November 2021 691,300 2,300 758,285 840
October 2021 689,000 4,200 757,445 2,270
September 2021 684,800 -2,200 755,175 2,531
August 2021 687,000 -700 752,644 2,248
July 2021 687,700 3,800 750,396 2,066
June 2021 683,900 0 748,330 2,052
May 2021 683,900 100 746,278 2,644