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Morgantown, West Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Morgantown fell 2.9 percentage points in May 2020 to 10.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.5 percentage points lower than the West Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Morgantown peaked in April 2020 at 13.3% and is now 2.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Morgantown unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
West Virginia 12.9% -3.0 +8.2
Morgantown 10.4% -2.9 +6.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 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 9,007. There are now 1,899 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 May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Morgantown 7,108 -1,899 +4,471

Number of Unemployed Persons

Morgantown, West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Morgantown
Unemployment Rate
Morgantown
Unemployed
July
2020
10.2%
June
2020
11.1% 10.4%
May
2020
13.3% 12.9% 10.4% 7,108
April
2020
14.7% 15.9% 13.3% 9,007
March
2020
4.4% 6.0% 4.5% 3,254
February
2020
3.5% 4.9% 3.7% 2,611
January
2020
3.6% 5.0% 3.8% 2,697
December
2019
3.5% 5.1% 3.9% 2,797
November
2019
3.5% 5.1% 3.9% 2,772
October
2019
3.6% 5.1% 3.9% 2,744
September
2019
3.5% 5.0% 3.8% 2,714
August
2019
3.7% 4.9% 3.8% 2,684

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.