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Beckley, West Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Beckley rose 0.3 percentage points in October 2018 to 5.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the West Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Beckley peaked in February 2010 at 9.3% and is now 3.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.4% in April 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Beckley unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
West Virginia 5.2% 0.0 -0.2
Beckley 5.8% +0.3 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 2,020 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,421 in May 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 178.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Beckley 2,599 +138 -55

Number of Unemployed Persons

Beckley, West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Beckley
Unemployment Rate
Beckley
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 5.2% 5.8% 2,599
September
2018
3.7% 5.2% 5.5% 2,461
August
2018
3.9% 5.3% 5.4% 2,422
July
2018
3.9% 5.4% 6.0% 2,713
June
2018
4.0% 5.3% 5.6% 2,546
May
2018
3.8% 5.4% 5.8% 2,647
April
2018
3.9% 5.4% 6.0% 2,739
March
2018
4.1% 5.4% 6.0% 2,726
February
2018
4.1% 5.4% 5.7% 2,584
January
2018
4.1% 5.4% 5.5% 2,513
December
2017
4.1% 5.4% 6.1% 2,766

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.