Department of Numbers

West Virginia Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for West Virginia fell 0.2 percentage points in November 2020 to 6.2%. The state unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in West Virginia peaked in April 2020 at 15.9% and is now 9.7 percentage points lower. You can also see West Virginia unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
West Virginia 6.2% -0.2 +1.1

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

Unemployment Rate: West Virginia, National

West Virginia monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to November 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

West Virginia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in West Virginia peaked in April 2020 at 123,839. There are now 76,281 fewer people unemployed in the state. West Virginia job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
West Virginia 47,558 -1,598 +6,764

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in West Virginia from 1990 to November 2020

West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployed
December 2020 6.7%
November 2020 6.7% 6.2% 47,558
October 2020 6.9% 6.4% 49,156
September 2020 7.8% 8.6% 66,881
August 2020 8.4% 8.9% 69,236
July 2020 10.2% 10.0% 76,471
June 2020 11.1% 10.5% 80,042
May 2020 13.3% 12.9% 100,757
April 2020 14.8% 15.9% 123,839
March 2020 4.4% 6.0% 49,712
February 2020 3.5% 4.9% 39,743
January 2020 3.5% 5.0% 40,537