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Beckley, West Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Beckley fell 4.6 percentage points in May 2020 to 13.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points higher than the West Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Beckley peaked in April 2020 at 18.4% and is now 4.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare Beckley unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
West Virginia 12.9% -3.0 +8.2
Beckley 13.8% -4.6 +9.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 8,751. There are now 2,250 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Beckley 6,501 -2,250 +4,275

Number of Unemployed Persons

Beckley, West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Beckley
Unemployment Rate
Beckley
Unemployed
July
2020
10.2%
June
2020
11.1% 10.4%
May
2020
13.3% 12.9% 13.8% 6,501
April
2020
14.7% 15.9% 18.4% 8,751
March
2020
4.4% 6.0% 6.4% 3,073
February
2020
3.5% 4.9% 5.1% 2,438
January
2020
3.6% 5.0% 5.2% 2,476
December
2019
3.5% 5.1% 5.4% 2,554
November
2019
3.5% 5.1% 5.3% 2,519
October
2019
3.6% 5.1% 5.3% 2,480
September
2019
3.5% 5.0% 5.2% 2,435
August
2019
3.7% 4.9% 5.1% 2,385

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.