Department of Numbers

West Virginia Job Growth

There were 753,300 jobs in West Virginia in December 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 741,742 employed persons for the month. West Virginia added 300 jobs in December 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 1,000 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is West Virginia job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey December 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 753,300 +300 +4,700
CPS 741,742 +1,000 +2,141

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 771,800. Since then 18,500 jobs have been lost in West Virginia according to the employer survey. From a trough of 743,200 in April 2017, West Virginia has gained 10,100 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in West Virginia reached a maximum of 779,653 in April 2008. 37,911 jobs have been lost in West Virginia since then according to the household survey. From a March 2015 low of 726,154, West Virginia has added 15,588 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through December 2018

West Virginia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
December 2018 753,300 300 741,742 1,000
November 2018 753,000 -900 740,742 334
October 2018 753,900 1,900 740,408 91
September 2018 752,000 0 740,317 -535
August 2018 752,000 400 740,852 -1,226
July 2018 751,600 500 742,078 -978
June 2018 751,100 -7,900 743,056 -384
May 2018 759,000 9,300 743,440 305
April 2018 749,700 -1,500 743,135 -90
March 2018 751,200 -1,300 743,225 670
February 2018 752,500 3,200 742,555 1,622
January 2018 749,300 700 740,933 1,332