Department of Numbers

West Virginia Job Growth

There were 752,400 jobs in West Virginia in February 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 742,554 employed persons for the month. West Virginia added 3,100 jobs in February 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 1,621 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is West Virginia job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 752,400 +3,100 +7,300
CPS 742,554 +1,621 +5,530

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 19,400 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 9,200 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in West Virginia reached a maximum of 779,653 in April 2008. 37,099 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 16,400 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2018

West Virginia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2018 752,400 3,100 742,554 1,621
January 2018 749,300 700 740,933 1,332
December 2017 748,600 1,500 739,601 -92
November 2017 747,100 500 739,693 -6
October 2017 746,600 800 739,699 409
September 2017 745,800 1,300 739,290 635
August 2017 744,500 -300 738,655 523
July 2017 744,800 600 738,132 416
June 2017 744,200 1,000 737,716 211
May 2017 743,200 0 737,505 153
April 2017 743,200 -3,500 737,352 111
March 2017 746,700 1,600 737,241 217