Department of Numbers

West Virginia Job Growth

There were 670,900 jobs in West Virginia in October 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 715,327 employed persons for the month. West Virginia added 1,000 jobs in October 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 8,136 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is West Virginia job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey October 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 670,900 +1,000 -47,000
CPS 715,327 +8,136 -47,058

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 74,300 jobs have been lost in West Virginia according to the employer survey. From a trough of 617,500 in April 2020, West Virginia has gained 53,400 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in West Virginia reached a maximum of 779,653 in April 2008. 64,326 jobs have been lost in West Virginia since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 652,883, West Virginia has added 62,444 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through October 2020

West Virginia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
October 2020 670,900 1,000 715,327 8,136
September 2020 669,900 -4,300 707,191 2,734
August 2020 674,200 5,300 704,457 19,593
July 2020 668,900 1,800 684,864 -468
June 2020 667,100 35,600 685,332 6,060
May 2020 631,500 14,000 679,272 26,389
April 2020 617,500 -92,000 652,883 -120,705
March 2020 709,500 -1,900 773,588 6,761
February 2020 711,400 -3,500 766,827 2,534
January 2020 714,900 2,600 764,293 2,139
December 2019 712,300 -3,000 762,154 -181
November 2019 715,300 -2,600 762,335 -50