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Charleston, West Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Charleston fell 0.7 percentage points in July 2020 to 11.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points higher than the West Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Charleston peaked in April 2020 at 18.2% and is now 7.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare Charleston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 10.2% -0.9 +6.5
West Virginia 10.0% -0.5 +5.2
Charleston 11.1% -0.7 +6.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2020 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 16,785. There are now 6,682 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons July 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Charleston 10,103 -761 +5,720

Number of Unemployed Persons

Charleston, West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Charleston
Unemployment Rate
Charleston
Unemployed
August
2020
8.4% 8.9%
July
2020
10.2% 10.0% 11.1% 10,103
June
2020
11.1% 10.5% 11.8% 10,864
May
2020
13.3% 12.9% 14.5% 13,384
April
2020
14.7% 15.9% 18.2% 16,785
March
2020
4.4% 6.0% 5.9% 5,607
February
2020
3.5% 4.9% 4.8% 4,462
January
2020
3.6% 5.0% 4.9% 4,564
December
2019
3.5% 5.1% 5.0% 4,688
November
2019
3.5% 5.1% 5.0% 4,637
October
2019
3.6% 5.1% 4.9% 4,580
September
2019
3.5% 5.0% 4.8% 4,517

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.