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Wheeling, West Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Wheeling fell 0.3 percentage points in February 2021 to 6.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the West Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Wheeling peaked in April 2020 at 17.7% and is now 11.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Wheeling unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
West Virginia 6.2% -0.3 +1.1
Wheeling 6.5% -0.3 +0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March 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 6,893 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 February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Wheeling 4,106 -158 +238

Number of Unemployed Persons

Wheeling, West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Wheeling
Unemployment Rate
Wheeling
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 6.2% 6.5% 4,106
January
2021
6.3% 6.5% 6.8% 4,264
December
2020
6.7% 6.7% 7.3% 4,437
November
2020
6.7% 7.0% 7.6% 4,618
October
2020
6.9% 7.4% 7.9% 4,818
September
2020
7.8% 7.9% 10.5% 6,491
August
2020
8.4% 8.5% 10.8% 6,635
July
2020
10.2% 9.4% 11.1% 6,722
June
2020
11.1% 10.5% 11.9% 7,478
May
2020
13.3% 11.9% 15.3% 9,752
April
2020
14.8% 15.6% 17.7% 10,999

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.