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Charleston, West Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Charleston fell 0.2 percentage points in April 2018 to 5.4%. 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 2.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.0% in March 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Charleston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% -0.2 -0.5
West Virginia 5.4% 0.0 +0.4
Charleston 5.4% -0.2 +0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2018 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 December 2010 at 8,387. There are now 3,208 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,764 in April 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 415.

Unemployed Persons April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Charleston 5,179 -175 +415

Number of Unemployed Persons

Charleston, West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Charleston
Unemployment Rate
Charleston
Unemployed
May
2018
3.8% 5.4%
April
2018
3.9% 5.4% 5.4% 5,179
March
2018
4.1% 5.4% 5.6% 5,354
February
2018
4.1% 5.4% 5.3% 5,096
January
2018
4.1% 5.4% 5.3% 5,049
December
2017
4.1% 5.4% 5.6% 5,344
November
2017
4.1% 5.4% 5.5% 5,261
October
2017
4.1% 5.4% 5.3% 5,080
September
2017
4.2% 5.3% 5.2% 4,996
August
2017
4.4% 5.2% 5.3% 5,033
July
2017
4.3% 5.1% 5.2% 5,003
June
2017
4.3% 5.0% 5.1% 4,879

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.