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Beckley, West Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Beckley fell 0.0 percentage points in August 2019 to 4.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the West Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Beckley peaked in February 2010 at 8.9% and is now 4.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.9% in May 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Beckley unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
West Virginia 4.6% -0.1 -0.5
Beckley 4.9% 0.0 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September 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 November 2010 at 4,511. There are now 2,279 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,221 in June 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 11.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Beckley 2,232 +7 -279

Number of Unemployed Persons

Beckley, West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Beckley
Unemployment Rate
Beckley
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 4.7%
August
2019
3.7% 4.6% 4.9% 2,232
July
2019
3.7% 4.7% 4.9% 2,225
June
2019
3.7% 4.7% 4.9% 2,221
May
2019
3.6% 4.8% 4.9% 2,247
April
2019
3.6% 4.9% 5.1% 2,298
March
2019
3.8% 5.1% 5.3% 2,417
February
2019
3.8% 5.2% 5.5% 2,486
January
2019
4.0% 5.2% 5.6% 2,527
December
2018
3.9% 5.1% 5.6% 2,519
November
2018
3.7% 5.1% 5.6% 2,518
October
2018
3.8% 5.1% 5.6% 2,511

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.