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Parkersburg-Vienna, West Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Parkersburg fell 0.0 percentage points in September 2022 to 4.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the West Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Parkersburg peaked in April 2020 at 17.2% and is now 13.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.0% in May 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Parkersburg unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
West Virginia 4.0% +0.1 -0.6
Parkersburg 4.1% 0.0 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 6,393. There are now 4,757 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,574 in May 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 62.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Parkersburg 1,636 +10 -221

Number of Unemployed Persons

Parkersburg, West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Parkersburg
Unemployment Rate
Parkersburg
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 4.0% 4.1% 1,636
August
2022
3.7% 3.9% 4.1% 1,626
July
2022
3.5% 3.7% 4.0% 1,590
June
2022
3.6% 3.6% 4.0% 1,575
May
2022
3.6% 3.5% 4.0% 1,574
April
2022
3.6% 3.6% 4.1% 1,598
March
2022
3.6% 3.7% 4.1% 1,611
February
2022
3.8% 3.9% 4.2% 1,660
January
2022
4.0% 4.1% 4.4% 1,720
December
2021
3.9% 4.3% 4.6% 1,795
November
2021
4.2% 4.3% 4.6% 1,784

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.