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Charleston, West Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Charleston fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2022 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the West Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Charleston peaked in April 2020 at 17.3% and is now 13.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Charleston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
West Virginia 3.6% -0.1 -1.9
Charleston 3.8% -0.1 -2.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 April 2020 at 15,911. There are now 12,431 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Charleston 3,480 -68 -2,193

Number of Unemployed Persons

Charleston, West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Charleston
Unemployment Rate
Charleston
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 3.6% 3.8% 3,480
March
2022
3.6% 3.7% 3.9% 3,548
February
2022
3.8% 3.9% 4.0% 3,686
January
2022
4.0% 4.1% 4.2% 3,852
December
2021
3.9% 4.3% 4.4% 4,025
November
2021
4.2% 4.3% 4.3% 3,987
October
2021
4.6% 4.3% 4.4% 3,998
September
2021
4.7% 4.6% 4.6% 4,217
August
2021
5.2% 4.8% 4.9% 4,551
July
2021
5.4% 5.1% 5.3% 4,936
June
2021
5.9% 5.3% 5.7% 5,279

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.