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Huntington-Ashland, West Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Huntington fell 0.0 percentage points in September 2022 to 4.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the West Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Huntington peaked in April 2020 at 16.6% and is now 12.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.9% in May 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Huntington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
West Virginia 4.0% +0.1 -0.6
Huntington 4.2% 0.0 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 23,939. There are now 17,888 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,689 in May 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 362.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Huntington 6,051 +14 -895

Number of Unemployed Persons

Huntington, West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Huntington
Unemployment Rate
Huntington
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 4.0% 4.2% 6,051
August
2022
3.7% 3.9% 4.2% 6,037
July
2022
3.5% 3.7% 4.0% 5,851
June
2022
3.6% 3.6% 3.9% 5,731
May
2022
3.6% 3.5% 3.9% 5,689
April
2022
3.6% 3.6% 4.0% 5,783
March
2022
3.6% 3.7% 4.0% 5,897
February
2022
3.8% 3.9% 4.2% 6,114
January
2022
4.0% 4.1% 4.4% 6,393
December
2021
3.9% 4.3% 4.6% 6,708
November
2021
4.2% 4.3% 4.6% 6,690

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.