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Huntington-Ashland, West Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Huntington fell 4.0 percentage points in May 2020 to 13.2%. 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 17.2% and is now 4.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Huntington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
West Virginia 12.9% -3.0 +8.2
Huntington 13.2% -4.0 +8.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 25,410. There are now 5,874 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Huntington 19,536 -5,874 +12,317

Number of Unemployed Persons

Huntington, West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Huntington
Unemployment Rate
Huntington
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 12.9% 13.2% 19,536
April
2020
14.7% 15.9% 17.2% 25,410
March
2020
4.4% 6.0% 5.9% 8,702
February
2020
3.5% 4.9% 4.9% 7,304
January
2020
3.6% 5.0% 5.0% 7,409
December
2019
3.5% 5.1% 5.1% 7,490
November
2019
3.5% 5.1% 5.1% 7,464
October
2019
3.6% 5.1% 5.0% 7,429
September
2019
3.5% 5.0% 5.0% 7,392
August
2019
3.7% 4.9% 5.0% 7,355
July
2019
3.7% 4.8% 5.0% 7,311

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.