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Parkersburg-Vienna, West Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Parkersburg fell 3.5 percentage points in May 2020 to 13.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points higher than the West Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Parkersburg peaked in April 2020 at 17.1% and is now 3.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Parkersburg 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
Parkersburg 13.6% -3.5 +8.5
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: Parkersburg, West Virginia, National

Parkersburg, West Virginia monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Parkersburg, West Virginia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Parkersburg peaked in April 2020 at 6,795. There are now 1,321 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Parkersburg 5,474 -1,321 +3,499

Number of Unemployed Persons

Parkersburg, West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Parkersburg
Unemployment Rate
Parkersburg
Unemployed
July
2020
10.2%
June
2020
11.1% 10.4%
May
2020
13.3% 12.9% 13.6% 5,474
April
2020
14.7% 15.9% 17.1% 6,795
March
2020
4.4% 6.0% 6.5% 2,647
February
2020
3.5% 4.9% 5.2% 2,079
January
2020
3.6% 5.0% 5.3% 2,115
December
2019
3.5% 5.1% 5.6% 2,201
November
2019
3.5% 5.1% 5.5% 2,164
October
2019
3.6% 5.1% 5.4% 2,124
September
2019
3.5% 5.0% 5.3% 2,080
August
2019
3.7% 4.9% 5.2% 2,037

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.