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Parkersburg-Vienna, West Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Parkersburg fell 0.3 percentage points in November 2021 to 4.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the West Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Parkersburg peaked in April 2020 at 17.4% and is now 12.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Parkersburg unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
West Virginia 4.0% -0.3 -3.0
Parkersburg 4.5% -0.3 -2.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 data as December 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 4,846 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Parkersburg 1,688 -148 -1,184

Number of Unemployed Persons

Parkersburg, West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Parkersburg
Unemployment Rate
Parkersburg
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 4.0% 4.5% 1,688
October
2021
4.6% 4.3% 4.8% 1,836
September
2021
4.7% 4.6% 5.2% 1,970
August
2021
5.2% 4.8% 5.5% 2,086
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
6.0% 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
6.4% 6.5% 6.1% 2,366

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.