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Beckley, West Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Beckley rose 0.1 percentage points in September 2022 to 4.2%. 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 13.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.8% in April 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Beckley unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
West Virginia 4.0% +0.1 -0.6
Beckley 4.2% +0.1 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 6,278 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,753 in May 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 208.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Beckley 1,961 +24 -320

Number of Unemployed Persons

Beckley, West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Beckley
Unemployment Rate
Beckley
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 4.0% 4.2% 1,961
August
2022
3.7% 3.9% 4.1% 1,937
July
2022
3.5% 3.7% 4.0% 1,860
June
2022
3.6% 3.6% 3.8% 1,791
May
2022
3.6% 3.5% 3.8% 1,753
April
2022
3.6% 3.6% 3.8% 1,756
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

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.