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Morgantown, West Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Morgantown fell 0.1 percentage points in May 2021 to 4.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points lower than the West Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Morgantown peaked in April 2020 at 13.2% and is now 8.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.3% in January 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Morgantown unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
West Virginia 5.5% -0.3 -6.4
Morgantown 4.3% -0.1 -6.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2021 data as June metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Morgantown, West Virginia, National

Morgantown, West Virginia monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Morgantown, West Virginia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Morgantown peaked in April 2020 at 8,635. There are now 5,562 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,028 in January 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 45. Morgantown employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Morgantown, West Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Morgantown 3,073 -26 -3,909

Number of Unemployed Persons

Morgantown, West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Morgantown
Unemployment Rate
Morgantown
Unemployed
June
2021
5.9%
May
2021
5.8% 5.5% 4.3% 3,073
April
2021
6.1% 5.8% 4.4% 3,099
March
2021
6.0% 5.9% 4.3% 3,042
February
2021
6.2% 6.2% 4.3% 3,039
January
2021
6.3% 6.5% 4.3% 3,028
December
2020
6.7% 6.7% 5.1% 3,620
November
2020
6.7% 7.0% 5.3% 3,757
October
2020
6.9% 7.4% 5.6% 3,931
September
2020
7.8% 7.9% 6.0% 4,157
August
2020
8.4% 8.5% 6.4% 4,508
July
2020
10.2% 9.4% 8.3% 5,786

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.