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Parkersburg-Vienna, West Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Parkersburg fell 0.0 percentage points in August 2019 to 5.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the West Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Parkersburg peaked in June 2009 at 9.3% and is now 4.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.0% in July 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Parkersburg 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
Parkersburg 5.0% 0.0 -0.4
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: 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 July 2009 at 4,080. There are now 2,150 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Parkersburg 1,930 -21 -137

Number of Unemployed Persons

Parkersburg, West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Parkersburg
Unemployment Rate
Parkersburg
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 4.7%
August
2019
3.7% 4.6% 5.0% 1,930
July
2019
3.7% 4.7% 5.0% 1,951
June
2019
3.7% 4.7% 5.1% 1,979
May
2019
3.6% 4.8% 5.2% 2,009
April
2019
3.6% 4.9% 5.3% 2,045
March
2019
3.8% 5.1% 5.5% 2,116
February
2019
3.8% 5.2% 5.6% 2,140
January
2019
4.0% 5.2% 5.6% 2,128
December
2018
3.9% 5.1% 5.5% 2,088
November
2018
3.7% 5.1% 5.5% 2,084
October
2018
3.8% 5.1% 5.5% 2,073

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.