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Huntington-Ashland, West Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Huntington rose 0.3 percentage points in October 2018 to 5.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the West Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Huntington peaked in November 2010 at 9.2% and is now 3.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.2% in August 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Huntington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
West Virginia 5.2% 0.0 -0.2
Huntington 5.5% +0.3 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Huntington, West Virginia, National

Huntington, West Virginia monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Huntington, West Virginia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Huntington peaked in November 2010 at 14,417. There are now 6,416 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 7,571 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 430.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Huntington 8,001 +416 -103

Number of Unemployed Persons

Huntington, West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Huntington
Unemployment Rate
Huntington
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 5.2% 5.5% 8,001
September
2018
3.7% 5.2% 5.2% 7,585
August
2018
3.9% 5.3% 5.2% 7,571
July
2018
3.9% 5.4% 5.7% 8,295
June
2018
4.0% 5.3% 5.6% 8,176
May
2018
3.8% 5.4% 5.5% 8,013
April
2018
3.9% 5.4% 5.5% 8,089
March
2018
4.1% 5.4% 5.4% 7,964
February
2018
4.1% 5.4% 5.3% 7,870
January
2018
4.1% 5.4% 5.4% 7,887
December
2017
4.1% 5.4% 5.6% 8,285

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.