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Wheeling, West Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Wheeling rose 0.1 percentage points in September 2022 to 4.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points higher than the West Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Wheeling peaked in April 2020 at 16.7% and is now 11.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% in March 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Wheeling 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
Wheeling 4.8% +0.1 -0.5
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: 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 9,961. There are now 7,021 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,716 in May 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 224. Wheeling employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Wheeling, West Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Wheeling 2,940 +40 -338

Number of Unemployed Persons

Wheeling, West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Wheeling
Unemployment Rate
Wheeling
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 4.0% 4.8% 2,940
August
2022
3.7% 3.9% 4.7% 2,900
July
2022
3.5% 3.7% 4.5% 2,801
June
2022
3.6% 3.6% 4.4% 2,744
May
2022
3.6% 3.5% 4.4% 2,716
April
2022
3.6% 3.6% 4.4% 2,731
March
2022
3.6% 3.7% 4.4% 2,757
February
2022
3.8% 3.9% 4.6% 2,842
January
2022
4.0% 4.1% 4.8% 2,941
December
2021
3.9% 4.3% 5.0% 3,106
November
2021
4.2% 4.3% 5.0% 3,086

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.