Department of Numbers

Huntington-Ashland, West Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Huntington fell 0.1 percentage points in July 2021 to 5.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the West Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Huntington peaked in April 2020 at 16.9% and is now 11.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Huntington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
West Virginia 5.0% -0.3 -4.4
Huntington 5.1% -0.1 -4.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 17,190 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Huntington 7,505 -155 -5,986

Number of Unemployed Persons

Huntington, West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Huntington
Unemployment Rate
Huntington
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 5.0% 5.1% 7,505
June
2021
5.9% 5.3% 5.2% 7,660
May
2021
5.8% 5.5% 5.3% 7,768
April
2021
6.1% 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
6.3% 6.5% 5.9% 8,614
December
2020
6.7% 6.7% 6.9% 10,065
November
2020
6.7% 7.0% 6.4% 9,364
October
2020
6.9% 7.4% 6.2% 9,030
September
2020
7.8% 7.9% 7.3% 10,686

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.