Department of Numbers

Huntington-Ashland, West Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Huntington fell 0.2 percentage points in November 2021 to 4.3%. 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 April 2020 at 16.9% and is now 12.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare Huntington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
West Virginia 4.0% -0.3 -3.0
Huntington 4.3% -0.2 -2.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 data as December 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 April 2020 at 24,695. There are now 18,490 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Huntington 6,205 -411 -3,159

Number of Unemployed Persons

Huntington, West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Huntington
Unemployment Rate
Huntington
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 4.0% 4.3% 6,205
October
2021
4.6% 4.3% 4.5% 6,616
September
2021
4.7% 4.6% 4.8% 6,938
August
2021
5.2% 4.8% 5.0% 7,238
July
2021
5.4% 5.0% 5.1% 7,506
June
2021
5.9% 5.3% 5.2% 7,660
May
2021
5.8% 5.5% 5.3% 7,768
April
2021
6.0% 5.8% 5.4% 7,962
March
2021
6.0% 5.9% 5.5% 8,076
February
2021
6.2% 6.2% 5.7% 8,341
January
2021
6.4% 6.5% 5.9% 8,614

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.