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Beckley, West Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Beckley fell 0.4 percentage points in February 2019 to 5.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the West Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Beckley peaked in February 2010 at 9.3% and is now 4.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare Beckley unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
West Virginia 5.2% 0.0 -0.2
Beckley 5.2% -0.4 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Beckley, West Virginia, National

Beckley, West Virginia monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Beckley, West Virginia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Beckley peaked in February 2010 at 4,619. There are now 2,262 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Beckley 2,357 -192 -227

Number of Unemployed Persons

Beckley, West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Beckley
Unemployment Rate
Beckley
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 5.1%
February
2019
3.8% 5.2% 5.2% 2,357
January
2019
4.0% 5.2% 5.6% 2,549
December
2018
3.9% 5.1% 5.6% 2,500
November
2018
3.7% 5.1% 5.7% 2,537
October
2018
3.8% 5.1% 5.8% 2,599
September
2018
3.7% 5.1% 5.5% 2,461
August
2018
3.8% 5.1% 5.4% 2,422
July
2018
3.9% 5.2% 6.0% 2,713
June
2018
4.0% 5.2% 5.6% 2,546
May
2018
3.8% 5.3% 5.8% 2,647
April
2018
3.9% 5.4% 6.0% 2,739

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.