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Wheeling, West Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Wheeling fell 2.5 percentage points in May 2020 to 15.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.3 percentage points higher than the West Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Wheeling peaked in April 2020 at 17.7% and is now 2.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Wheeling unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
West Virginia 12.9% -3.0 +8.2
Wheeling 15.2% -2.5 +10.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Wheeling, West Virginia, National

Wheeling, West Virginia monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Wheeling, West Virginia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Wheeling peaked in April 2020 at 10,999. There are now 1,330 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Wheeling employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Wheeling, West Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Wheeling 9,669 -1,330 +6,332

Number of Unemployed Persons

Wheeling, West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Wheeling
Unemployment Rate
Wheeling
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 12.9% 15.2% 9,669
April
2020
14.7% 15.9% 17.7% 10,999
March
2020
4.4% 6.0% 7.1% 4,673
February
2020
3.5% 4.9% 5.9% 3,868
January
2020
3.6% 5.0% 5.9% 3,874
December
2019
3.5% 5.1% 6.1% 4,044
November
2019
3.5% 5.1% 6.0% 3,941
October
2019
3.6% 5.1% 5.8% 3,817
September
2019
3.5% 5.0% 5.6% 3,679
August
2019
3.7% 4.9% 5.4% 3,541
July
2019
3.7% 4.8% 5.2% 3,423

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.