Department of Numbers

West Virginia Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for West Virginia fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2022 to 3.6%. The state unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in West Virginia peaked in April 2020 at 15.5% and is now 11.9 percentage points lower. You can also see West Virginia unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
West Virginia 3.6% -0.1 -1.9

Note: All comparisons are made with April data as May state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: West Virginia, National

West Virginia monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to April 2022

Note: Recessions shown in gray

West Virginia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in West Virginia peaked in April 2020 at 118,234. There are now 89,810 fewer people unemployed in the state. West Virginia job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
West Virginia 28,424 -644 -15,145

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in West Virginia from 1990 to April 2022

West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployed
May 2022 3.6%
April 2022 3.6% 3.6% 28,424
March 2022 3.6% 3.7% 29,068
February 2022 3.8% 3.9% 30,784
January 2022 4.0% 4.1% 32,197
December 2021 3.9% 4.3% 33,871
November 2021 4.2% 4.3% 33,926
October 2021 4.6% 4.3% 34,432
September 2021 4.7% 4.6% 36,015
August 2021 5.2% 4.8% 38,175
July 2021 5.4% 5.1% 40,175
June 2021 5.9% 5.3% 41,850