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Charleston, West Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Charleston fell 0.4 percentage points in November 2021 to 4.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the West Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Charleston peaked in April 2020 at 17.5% and is now 13.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Charleston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
West Virginia 4.0% -0.3 -3.0
Charleston 4.1% -0.4 -3.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 data as December 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 16,186. There are now 12,428 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Charleston 3,758 -389 -3,309

Number of Unemployed Persons

Charleston, West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Charleston
Unemployment Rate
Charleston
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 4.0% 4.1% 3,758
October
2021
4.6% 4.3% 4.5% 4,147
September
2021
4.7% 4.6% 4.9% 4,524
August
2021
5.2% 4.8% 5.3% 4,887
July
2021
5.4% 5.0% 5.6% 5,214
June
2021
5.9% 5.3% 5.9% 5,486
May
2021
5.8% 5.5% 6.1% 5,730
April
2021
6.0% 5.8% 6.3% 5,881
March
2021
6.0% 5.9% 6.4% 5,903
February
2021
6.2% 6.2% 6.5% 6,032
January
2021
6.4% 6.5% 6.5% 6,034

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.