Department of Numbers

West Virginia Job Growth

There were 727,500 jobs in West Virginia in December 2019 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 765,516 employed persons for the month. West Virginia lost 2,700 jobs in December 2019 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 1,274 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is West Virginia job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey December 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 727,500 -2,700 -2,900
CPS 765,516 +1,274 +21,338

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 17,700 jobs have been lost in West Virginia according to the employer survey. From a trough of 712,100 in June 2016, West Virginia has gained 15,400 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in West Virginia reached a maximum of 779,653 in April 2008. 14,137 jobs have been lost in West Virginia since then according to the household survey. From a March 2015 low of 727,675, West Virginia has added 37,841 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through December 2019

West Virginia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
December 2019 727,500 -2,700 765,516 1,274
November 2019 730,200 -2,400 764,242 1,282
October 2019 732,600 -200 762,960 2,020
September 2019 732,800 -2,700 760,940 2,063
August 2019 735,500 200 758,877 2,467
July 2019 735,300 -1,900 756,410 1,983
June 2019 737,200 1,100 754,427 1,864
May 2019 736,100 1,100 752,563 1,578
April 2019 735,000 -2,500 750,985 1,648
March 2019 737,500 500 749,337 1,774
February 2019 737,000 300 747,563 1,774
January 2019 736,700 6,300 745,789 1,611