Department of Numbers

West Virginia Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for West Virginia fell 0.3 percentage points in July 2021 to 5.0%. The state unemployment rate was 0.4 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 10.6 percentage points lower. You can also see West Virginia unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
West Virginia 5.0% -0.3 -4.4

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

Unemployment Rate: West Virginia, National

West Virginia monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to July 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 79,558 fewer people unemployed in the state. West Virginia job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
West Virginia 39,915 -2,111 -34,339

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployed
August 2021 5.2%
July 2021 5.4% 5.0% 39,915
June 2021 5.9% 5.3% 42,026
May 2021 5.8% 5.5% 43,738
April 2021 6.1% 5.8% 45,891
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