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Wheeling, West Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Wheeling fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 5.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the West Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Wheeling peaked in October 2010 at 10.1% and is now 4.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.9% in November 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Wheeling unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
West Virginia 5.2% 0.0 -0.2
Wheeling 5.2% -0.1 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 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 October 2010 at 7,061. There are now 3,473 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,165 in November 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 423. Wheeling employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Wheeling, West Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Wheeling 3,588 +44 -101

Number of Unemployed Persons

Wheeling, West Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
West Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Wheeling
Unemployment Rate
Wheeling
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 5.1%
February
2019
3.8% 5.2% 5.2% 3,588
January
2019
4.0% 5.2% 5.3% 3,544
December
2018
3.9% 5.1% 5.2% 3,360
November
2018
3.7% 5.1% 4.9% 3,165
October
2018
3.8% 5.1% 5.1% 3,286
September
2018
3.7% 5.1% 5.1% 3,222
August
2018
3.8% 5.1% 5.3% 3,351
July
2018
3.9% 5.2% 5.6% 3,601
June
2018
4.0% 5.2% 5.5% 3,580
May
2018
3.8% 5.3% 5.3% 3,484
April
2018
3.9% 5.4% 5.5% 3,585

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.