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 2021 to 5.8%. The state unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in West Virginia peaked in April 2020 at 15.6% and is now 9.8 percentage points lower. You can also see West Virginia unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.1% +0.1 -8.7
West Virginia 5.8% -0.1 -9.8

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 2021

Note: Recessions shown in gray

West Virginia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in West Virginia peaked in April 2020 at 119,473. There are now 73,680 fewer people unemployed in the state. West Virginia job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
West Virginia 45,793 -1,489 -73,680

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in West Virginia from 1990 to April 2021

West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployed
May 2021 5.8%
April 2021 6.1% 5.8% 45,793
March 2021 6.0% 5.9% 47,282
February 2021 6.2% 6.2% 49,663
January 2021 6.3% 6.5% 51,604
December 2020 6.7% 6.7% 53,698
November 2020 6.7% 7.0% 56,037
October 2020 6.9% 7.4% 58,787
September 2020 7.8% 7.9% 62,323
August 2020 8.4% 8.5% 67,379
July 2020 10.2% 9.4% 74,254
June 2020 11.1% 10.5% 82,775