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Charleston, West Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Charleston fell 0.3 percentage points in July 2021 to 5.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the West Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Charleston peaked in April 2020 at 17.5% and is now 11.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Charleston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
West Virginia 5.0% -0.3 -4.4
Charleston 5.6% -0.3 -5.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 10,974 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Charleston 5,212 -274 -4,836

Number of Unemployed Persons

Charleston, West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Charleston
Unemployment Rate
Charleston
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 5.0% 5.6% 5,212
June
2021
5.9% 5.3% 5.9% 5,486
May
2021
5.8% 5.5% 6.1% 5,730
April
2021
6.1% 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
6.3% 6.5% 6.5% 6,034
December
2020
6.7% 6.7% 7.4% 6,946
November
2020
6.7% 7.0% 7.6% 7,067
October
2020
6.9% 7.4% 7.8% 7,195
September
2020
7.8% 7.9% 9.0% 8,381

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.