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Charleston, West Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Charleston rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2019 to 4.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the West Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Charleston peaked in November 2010 at 8.0% and is now 3.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.5% in July 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Charleston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% +0.1 -0.2
West Virginia 4.8% +0.1 -0.3
Charleston 4.6% +0.1 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2019 data as November 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 4,006 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,193 in August 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 151.

Unemployed Persons October 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Charleston 4,344 +113 -441

Number of Unemployed Persons

Charleston, West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Charleston
Unemployment Rate
Charleston
Unemployed
November
2019
3.5%
October
2019
3.6% 4.8% 4.6% 4,344
September
2019
3.5% 4.7% 4.5% 4,231
August
2019
3.7% 4.6% 4.5% 4,193
July
2019
3.7% 4.7% 4.5% 4,208
June
2019
3.7% 4.7% 4.6% 4,242
May
2019
3.6% 4.8% 4.7% 4,326
April
2019
3.6% 4.9% 4.8% 4,473
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

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.