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Morgantown, West Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Morgantown rose 0.2 percentage points in October 2018 to 4.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the West Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Morgantown peaked in November 2010 at 6.5% and is now 2.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.8% in April 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Morgantown unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
West Virginia 5.2% 0.0 -0.2
Morgantown 4.4% +0.2 +0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 December 2010 at 4,103. There are now 1,089 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,521 in May 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 493. Morgantown employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Morgantown, West Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Morgantown 3,014 +123 +225

Number of Unemployed Persons

Morgantown, West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Morgantown
Unemployment Rate
Morgantown
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 5.2% 4.4% 3,014
September
2018
3.7% 5.2% 4.2% 2,891
August
2018
3.9% 5.3% 4.1% 2,807
July
2018
3.9% 5.4% 4.5% 3,072
June
2018
4.0% 5.3% 4.3% 2,988
May
2018
3.8% 5.4% 4.4% 3,006
April
2018
3.9% 5.4% 4.3% 2,944
March
2018
4.1% 5.4% 4.2% 2,913
February
2018
4.1% 5.4% 4.1% 2,846
January
2018
4.1% 5.4% 4.0% 2,741
December
2017
4.1% 5.4% 4.3% 2,935

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.