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Parkersburg-Vienna, West Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Parkersburg fell 0.2 percentage points in August 2021 to 5.5%. 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 17.4% and is now 11.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Parkersburg unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.2% -0.2 -3.2
West Virginia 4.8% -0.2 -3.7
Parkersburg 5.5% -0.2 -3.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2021 data as September 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 6,534. There are now 4,444 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Parkersburg 2,090 -109 -1,311

Number of Unemployed Persons

Parkersburg, West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Parkersburg
Unemployment Rate
Parkersburg
Unemployed
September
2021
4.8%
August
2021
5.2% 4.8% 5.5% 2,090
July
2021
5.4% 5.0% 5.7% 2,199
June
2021
5.9% 5.3% 6.0% 2,303
May
2021
5.8% 5.5% 6.1% 2,365
April
2021
6.1% 5.8% 6.2% 2,391
March
2021
6.0% 5.9% 6.1% 2,364
February
2021
6.2% 6.2% 6.1% 2,363
January
2021
6.3% 6.5% 6.1% 2,366
December
2020
6.7% 6.7% 7.1% 2,778
November
2020
6.7% 7.0% 7.4% 2,872
October
2020
6.9% 7.4% 7.7% 2,986

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.