Department of Numbers

West Virginia Job Growth

There were 692,900 jobs in West Virginia in November 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 759,348 employed persons for the month. West Virginia added 600 jobs in November 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 1,742 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is West Virginia job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 692,900 +600 +17,800
CPS 759,348 +1,742 +20,269

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 52,300 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 75,200 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in West Virginia reached a maximum of 770,072 in April 2008. 10,724 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 110,636 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2021

West Virginia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2021 692,900 600 759,348 1,742
October 2021 692,300 2,000 757,606 1,194
September 2021 690,300 -1,500 756,412 1,793
August 2021 691,800 1,600 754,619 1,489
July 2021 690,200 2,500 753,130 1,658
June 2021 687,700 5,400 751,472 548
May 2021 682,300 -2,600 750,924 852
April 2021 684,900 2,800 750,072 1,682
March 2021 682,100 2,400 748,390 1,984
February 2021 679,700 3,400 746,406 1,541
January 2021 676,300 4,400 744,865 1,949
December 2020 671,900 -3,200 742,916 3,837