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Huntington-Ashland, West Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Huntington fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 5.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the West Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Huntington peaked in April 2020 at 17.2% and is now 11.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Huntington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
West Virginia 6.2% -0.3 +1.1
Huntington 5.7% -0.1 +0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March 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 17,119 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Huntington 8,291 -79 +987

Number of Unemployed Persons

Huntington, West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Huntington
Unemployment Rate
Huntington
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 6.2% 5.7% 8,291
January
2021
6.3% 6.5% 5.8% 8,370
December
2020
6.7% 6.7% 6.4% 9,275
November
2020
6.7% 7.0% 6.4% 9,274
October
2020
6.9% 7.4% 6.5% 9,369
September
2020
7.8% 7.9% 7.7% 11,105
August
2020
8.4% 8.5% 8.5% 12,496
July
2020
10.2% 9.4% 8.7% 12,435
June
2020
11.1% 10.5% 9.2% 13,405
May
2020
13.3% 11.9% 13.1% 19,436
April
2020
14.8% 15.6% 17.2% 25,410

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.