Department of Numbers

West Virginia Job Growth

There were 679,300 jobs in West Virginia in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 746,416 employed persons for the month. West Virginia added 3,000 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 1,551 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is West Virginia job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 679,300 +3,000 -39,400
CPS 746,416 +1,551 -17,858

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 65,900 jobs have been lost in West Virginia according to the employer survey. From a trough of 617,700 in April 2020, West Virginia has gained 61,600 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in West Virginia reached a maximum of 770,072 in April 2008. 23,656 jobs have been lost in West Virginia since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 648,712, West Virginia has added 97,704 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

West Virginia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 679,300 3,000 746,416 1,551
January 2021 676,300 4,400 744,865 1,949
December 2020 671,900 -3,200 742,916 3,837
November 2020 675,100 2,100 739,079 4,561
October 2020 673,000 2,200 734,518 5,420
September 2020 670,800 4,900 729,098 6,972
August 2020 665,900 1,700 722,126 8,988
July 2020 664,200 -1,000 713,138 11,288
June 2020 665,200 34,700 701,850 13,704
May 2020 630,500 12,800 688,146 39,434
April 2020 617,700 -96,400 648,712 -114,339
March 2020 714,100 -4,600 763,051 -1,223