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Wheeling, West Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Wheeling rose 0.2 percentage points in May 2021 to 6.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points higher than the West Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Wheeling peaked in April 2020 at 17.2% and is now 11.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.9% in March 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Wheeling unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
West Virginia 5.5% -0.3 -6.4
Wheeling 6.2% +0.2 -9.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2021 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 10,405. There are now 6,614 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,694 in March 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 97. Wheeling employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Wheeling, West Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Wheeling 3,791 +44 -6,323

Number of Unemployed Persons

Wheeling, West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Wheeling
Unemployment Rate
Wheeling
Unemployed
June
2021
5.9%
May
2021
5.8% 5.5% 6.2% 3,791
April
2021
6.1% 5.8% 6.0% 3,747
March
2021
6.0% 5.9% 5.9% 3,694
February
2021
6.2% 6.2% 6.1% 3,792
January
2021
6.3% 6.5% 6.2% 3,896
December
2020
6.7% 6.7% 7.2% 4,530
November
2020
6.7% 7.0% 7.1% 4,417
October
2020
6.9% 7.4% 6.9% 4,270
September
2020
7.8% 7.9% 9.1% 5,759
August
2020
8.4% 8.5% 9.8% 6,207
July
2020
10.2% 9.4% 10.8% 6,808

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.