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Morgantown, West Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Morgantown fell 0.1 percentage points in August 2019 to 3.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points lower than the West Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Morgantown peaked in November 2010 at 6.5% and is now 2.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Morgantown unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
West Virginia 4.6% -0.1 -0.5
Morgantown 3.7% -0.1 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September 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 November 2010 at 4,075. There are now 1,521 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Morgantown employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Morgantown, West Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Morgantown 2,554 -36 -431

Number of Unemployed Persons

Morgantown, West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Morgantown
Unemployment Rate
Morgantown
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 4.7%
August
2019
3.7% 4.6% 3.7% 2,554
July
2019
3.7% 4.7% 3.8% 2,590
June
2019
3.7% 4.7% 3.9% 2,634
May
2019
3.6% 4.8% 4.0% 2,696
April
2019
3.6% 4.9% 4.1% 2,774
March
2019
3.8% 5.1% 4.2% 2,904
February
2019
3.8% 5.2% 4.3% 2,980
January
2019
4.0% 5.2% 4.4% 3,019
December
2018
3.9% 5.1% 4.4% 3,027
November
2018
3.7% 5.1% 4.4% 3,026
October
2018
3.8% 5.1% 4.4% 3,018

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.