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Beckley, West Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Beckley fell 0.0 percentage points in April 2021 to 6.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the West Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Beckley peaked in April 2020 at 18.2% and is now 11.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.3% in March 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Beckley unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.1% +0.1 -8.7
West Virginia 5.8% -0.1 -9.8
Beckley 6.3% 0.0 -11.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2021 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 8,389. There are now 5,444 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,939 in March 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 6.

Unemployed Persons April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Beckley 2,945 +6 -5,444

Number of Unemployed Persons

Beckley, West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Beckley
Unemployment Rate
Beckley
Unemployed
May
2021
5.8%
April
2021
6.1% 5.8% 6.3% 2,945
March
2021
6.0% 5.9% 6.3% 2,939
February
2021
6.2% 6.2% 6.4% 2,981
January
2021
6.3% 6.5% 6.4% 3,010
December
2020
6.7% 6.7% 7.3% 3,459
November
2020
6.7% 7.0% 7.7% 3,617
October
2020
6.9% 7.4% 8.1% 3,810
September
2020
7.8% 7.9% 8.6% 4,039
August
2020
8.4% 8.5% 9.4% 4,390
July
2020
10.2% 9.4% 10.6% 4,952
June
2020
11.1% 10.5% 11.2% 5,158

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.