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Beckley, West Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Beckley fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2022 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the West Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Beckley peaked in April 2020 at 18.0% and is now 14.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Beckley unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
West Virginia 3.6% -0.1 -1.9
Beckley 3.8% -0.1 -2.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 April 2020 at 8,239. There are now 6,481 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Beckley 1,758 -34 -1,140

Number of Unemployed Persons

Beckley, West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Beckley
Unemployment Rate
Beckley
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 3.6% 3.8% 1,758
March
2022
3.6% 3.7% 3.9% 1,792
February
2022
3.8% 3.9% 4.1% 1,897
January
2022
4.0% 4.1% 4.4% 2,025
December
2021
3.9% 4.3% 4.6% 2,153
November
2021
4.2% 4.3% 4.6% 2,139
October
2021
4.6% 4.3% 4.7% 2,159
September
2021
4.7% 4.6% 4.9% 2,281
August
2021
5.2% 4.8% 5.3% 2,445
July
2021
5.4% 5.1% 5.6% 2,615
June
2021
5.9% 5.3% 6.0% 2,751

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.