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Charleston, West Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Charleston fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 5.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the West Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Charleston peaked in November 2010 at 8.0% and is now 2.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.0% in March 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Charleston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
West Virginia 5.2% 0.0 -0.2
Charleston 5.2% -0.1 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Charleston, West Virginia, National

Charleston, West Virginia monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Charleston, West Virginia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Charleston peaked in December 2010 at 8,387. There are now 3,600 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,672 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 115.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Charleston 4,787 -171 -309

Number of Unemployed Persons

Charleston, West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Charleston
Unemployment Rate
Charleston
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 5.1%
February
2019
3.8% 5.2% 5.2% 4,787
January
2019
4.0% 5.2% 5.3% 4,958
December
2018
3.9% 5.1% 5.2% 4,843
November
2018
3.7% 5.1% 5.3% 4,932
October
2018
3.8% 5.1% 5.2% 4,922
September
2018
3.7% 5.1% 5.0% 4,672
August
2018
3.8% 5.1% 5.1% 4,751
July
2018
3.9% 5.2% 5.5% 5,159
June
2018
4.0% 5.2% 5.1% 4,849
May
2018
3.8% 5.3% 5.2% 4,991
April
2018
3.9% 5.4% 5.4% 5,190

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.