Department of Numbers

West Virginia Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for West Virginia fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2018 to 5.4%. The state unemployment rate was 1.6 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in West Virginia peaked in October 2010 at 8.8% and is now 3.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.0% in March 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also see West Virginia unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.1 -0.5
West Virginia 5.4% 0.0 +0.4

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

Unemployment Rate: West Virginia, National

West Virginia monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2018

Note: Recessions shown in gray

West Virginia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in West Virginia peaked in November 2010 at 71,782. There are now 29,514 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 38,469 in May 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,799. West Virginia job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
West Virginia 42,268 +44 +3,799

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in West Virginia from 1990 to May 2018

West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployed
June 2018 4.0%
May 2018 3.8% 5.4% 42,268
April 2018 3.9% 5.4% 42,224
March 2018 4.1% 5.4% 42,193
February 2018 4.1% 5.4% 42,210
January 2018 4.1% 5.4% 42,138
December 2017 4.1% 5.4% 42,251
November 2017 4.1% 5.4% 42,337
October 2017 4.1% 5.4% 42,187
September 2017 4.2% 5.3% 41,471
August 2017 4.4% 5.2% 40,545
July 2017 4.3% 5.1% 39,593