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Wheeling, West Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Wheeling fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2018 to 5.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the West Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Wheeling peaked in October 2010 at 10.1% and is now 5.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.1% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Wheeling unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
West Virginia 5.2% 0.0 -0.2
Wheeling 5.1% 0.0 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 October 2010 at 7,061. There are now 3,779 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,222 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 60. Wheeling employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Wheeling, West Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Wheeling 3,282 +60 -315

Number of Unemployed Persons

Wheeling, West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Wheeling
Unemployment Rate
Wheeling
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 5.2% 5.1% 3,282
September
2018
3.7% 5.2% 5.1% 3,222
August
2018
3.9% 5.3% 5.3% 3,351
July
2018
3.9% 5.4% 5.6% 3,601
June
2018
4.0% 5.3% 5.5% 3,580
May
2018
3.8% 5.4% 5.3% 3,484
April
2018
3.9% 5.4% 5.5% 3,585
March
2018
4.1% 5.4% 5.5% 3,588
February
2018
4.1% 5.4% 5.7% 3,689
January
2018
4.1% 5.4% 5.6% 3,636
December
2017
4.1% 5.4% 5.7% 3,687

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.