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Charleston, West Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Charleston fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 6.4%. 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 18.2% and is now 11.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Charleston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
West Virginia 6.2% -0.3 +1.1
Charleston 6.4% -0.1 +1.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 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 April 2020 at 16,785. There are now 10,767 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Charleston 6,018 -64 +1,556

Number of Unemployed Persons

Charleston, West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Charleston
Unemployment Rate
Charleston
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 6.2% 6.4% 6,018
January
2021
6.3% 6.5% 6.5% 6,082
December
2020
6.7% 6.7% 7.2% 6,545
November
2020
6.7% 7.0% 7.3% 6,742
October
2020
6.9% 7.4% 7.6% 6,946
September
2020
7.8% 7.9% 10.3% 9,506
August
2020
8.4% 8.5% 10.6% 9,792
July
2020
10.2% 9.4% 11.7% 10,797
June
2020
11.1% 10.5% 11.8% 10,864
May
2020
13.3% 11.9% 14.5% 13,384
April
2020
14.8% 15.6% 18.2% 16,785

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.