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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 2019 to 5.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points higher than the West Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Weirton peaked in January 2010 at 13.7% and is now 7.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.3% in May 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Weirton unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% +0.1 -0.2
West Virginia 4.8% +0.1 -0.3
Weirton 5.8% +0.2 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2019 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 8,075. There are now 5,160 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,630 in June 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 285. Weirton employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Weirton, West Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Weirton 2,915 +121 -128

Number of Unemployed Persons

Weirton, West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Weirton
Unemployment Rate
Weirton
Unemployed
November
2019
3.5%
October
2019
3.6% 4.8% 5.8% 2,915
September
2019
3.5% 4.7% 5.6% 2,794
August
2019
3.7% 4.6% 5.4% 2,689
July
2019
3.7% 4.7% 5.3% 2,650
June
2019
3.7% 4.7% 5.3% 2,630
May
2019
3.6% 4.8% 5.3% 2,666
April
2019
3.6% 4.9% 5.5% 2,760
March
2019
3.8% 5.1% 5.8% 2,892
February
2019
3.8% 5.2% 5.9% 2,990
January
2019
4.0% 5.2% 6.1% 3,042
December
2018
3.9% 5.1% 6.1% 3,060

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.