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Weirton-Steubenville, West Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Weirton rose 0.2 percentage points in October 2018 to 6.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points higher than the West Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Weirton peaked in January 2010 at 13.9% and is now 7.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.9% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Weirton unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
West Virginia 5.2% 0.0 -0.2
Weirton 6.1% +0.2 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Weirton, West Virginia, National

Weirton, West Virginia monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Weirton, West Virginia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Weirton peaked in February 2010 at 8,242. There are now 5,161 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,944 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 137. Weirton employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Weirton, West Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Weirton 3,081 +137 -282

Number of Unemployed Persons

Weirton, West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Weirton
Unemployment Rate
Weirton
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 5.2% 6.1% 3,081
September
2018
3.7% 5.2% 5.9% 2,944
August
2018
3.9% 5.3% 6.0% 3,002
July
2018
3.9% 5.4% 6.4% 3,232
June
2018
4.0% 5.3% 6.4% 3,260
May
2018
3.8% 5.4% 6.2% 3,131
April
2018
3.9% 5.4% 6.2% 3,146
March
2018
4.1% 5.4% 6.0% 3,037
February
2018
4.1% 5.4% 6.1% 3,065
January
2018
4.1% 5.4% 6.3% 3,197
December
2017
4.1% 5.4% 6.8% 3,430

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.