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Charleston, West Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Charleston fell 0.3 percentage points in April 2019 to 4.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the West Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Charleston peaked in November 2010 at 8.0% and is now 3.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Charleston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% -0.2 -0.3
West Virginia 4.9% -0.2 -0.5
Charleston 4.8% -0.3 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2019 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 November 2010 at 8,350. There are now 3,876 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons April 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Charleston 4,474 -228 -711

Number of Unemployed Persons

Charleston, West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Charleston
Unemployment Rate
Charleston
Unemployed
May
2019
3.6%
April
2019
3.6% 4.9% 4.8% 4,474
March
2019
3.8% 5.1% 5.1% 4,702
February
2019
3.8% 5.2% 5.2% 4,815
January
2019
4.0% 5.2% 5.2% 4,837
December
2018
3.9% 5.1% 5.2% 4,803
November
2018
3.7% 5.1% 5.2% 4,795
October
2018
3.8% 5.1% 5.2% 4,785
September
2018
3.7% 5.1% 5.2% 4,799
August
2018
3.8% 5.1% 5.2% 4,837
July
2018
3.9% 5.2% 5.3% 4,917
June
2018
4.0% 5.2% 5.4% 5,019

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.