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Parkersburg-Vienna, West Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Parkersburg fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2021 to 6.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the West Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Parkersburg peaked in April 2020 at 17.1% and is now 10.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.2% in January 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Parkersburg unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
West Virginia 6.2% -0.3 +1.1
Parkersburg 6.2% 0.0 +1.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March 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 4,389 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,387 in January 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 19.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Parkersburg 2,406 +19 +327

Number of Unemployed Persons

Parkersburg, West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Parkersburg
Unemployment Rate
Parkersburg
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 6.2% 6.2% 2,406
January
2021
6.3% 6.5% 6.2% 2,387
December
2020
6.7% 6.7% 6.5% 2,535
November
2020
6.7% 7.0% 6.5% 2,528
October
2020
6.9% 7.4% 6.5% 2,533
September
2020
7.8% 7.9% 8.7% 3,438
August
2020
8.4% 8.5% 8.7% 3,442
July
2020
10.2% 9.4% 10.2% 4,006
June
2020
11.1% 10.5% 10.3% 4,038
May
2020
13.3% 11.9% 13.6% 5,460
April
2020
14.8% 15.6% 17.1% 6,795

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.