Department of Numbers

West Virginia Job Growth

There were 736,100 jobs in West Virginia in July 2019 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 756,416 employed persons for the month. West Virginia lost 1,100 jobs in July 2019 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 1,989 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is West Virginia job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 736,100 -1,100 +7,200
CPS 756,416 +1,989 +14,463

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 9,100 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 24,000 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in West Virginia reached a maximum of 779,653 in April 2008. 23,237 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 28,741 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through July 2019

West Virginia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
July 2019 736,100 -1,100 756,416 1,989
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
December 2018 730,400 -300 744,178 -8
November 2018 730,700 600 744,186 172
October 2018 730,100 2,400 744,014 669
September 2018 727,700 -2,200 743,345 769
August 2018 729,900 1,000 742,576 623