Department of Numbers

West Virginia Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for West Virginia rose 9.2 percentage points in April 2020 to 15.2%. The state unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate for West Virginia in April 2020 is at a new high. You can also see West Virginia unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate April 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 14.7% +10.3 +11.1
West Virginia 15.2% +9.2 +10.5

Unemployment Rate: West Virginia, National

West Virginia monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to April 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

West Virginia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in West Virginia in April 2020 is at a new high of 117,134. West Virginia job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
West Virginia 117,134 +67,422 +79,610

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployed
April 2020 14.7% 15.2% 117,134
March 2020 4.4% 6.0% 49,712
February 2020 3.5% 4.9% 39,743
January 2020 3.6% 5.0% 40,537
December 2019 3.5% 5.1% 40,725
November 2019 3.5% 5.1% 40,794
October 2019 3.6% 5.1% 40,685
September 2019 3.5% 5.0% 40,041
August 2019 3.7% 4.9% 39,208
July 2019 3.7% 4.8% 38,365
June 2019 3.7% 4.7% 37,732
May 2019 3.6% 4.7% 37,484