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Parkersburg-Vienna, West Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Parkersburg fell 1.6 percentage points in August 2020 to 8.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the West Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Parkersburg peaked in April 2020 at 17.1% and is now 8.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Parkersburg unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 8.4% -1.8 +4.7
West Virginia 8.9% -1.1 +4.0
Parkersburg 8.6% -1.6 +3.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2020 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 6,795. There are now 3,403 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons August 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Parkersburg 3,392 -614 +1,355

Number of Unemployed Persons

Parkersburg, West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Parkersburg
Unemployment Rate
Parkersburg
Unemployed
September
2020
7.9% 8.6%
August
2020
8.4% 8.9% 8.6% 3,392
July
2020
10.2% 10.0% 10.2% 4,006
June
2020
11.1% 10.5% 10.3% 4,038
May
2020
13.3% 12.9% 13.6% 5,460
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

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.