West Virginia Monthly Employment Statistics

  • 68,347 employed workers
  • 703,401 unemployed workers
  • 8.9% unemployment rate

Workforce Data

The total employment for West Virginia is 674,400, which is 5,500 greater than last month, an increase of 0.82%. The total employment a year ago was 735,500, which is -61,100 greater than today. Employment has decreased by 8.31% in the last year. Last months' total employment data was updated but changed less than 0.05%, a fairly insignificant amount. Last months total employment was revised to 669 from 669.

The Health and Education Services sectors are the leading employers in West Virginia. There are 124,500 employees in the sector. Last month the sector had 125,100 employees last month, a decrease of 600 (0.48%). Last year the sector had 131,600 employees last year, a decrease of 7,100 (5.40%).

The chart below illustrates the total monthly employment:

Unemployment Rate

The unemployment rate decreased in July, 2019 from 10.0% to this months' 8.9%. A year ago the unemployment rate was 4.6%, 4.3% higher today. The total workforce in July, 2019 was 771,748, which is 1.4% higher than last months 761,335 and is 1.3% lower than last months 795,713. The total number of unemployed in West Virginia is 703,401 as compared to the revised figure from last month of 684,864 and 758,877 unemployed a year ago.

The chart below illustrates the change in the unemployment rate over the last year in West Virginia:






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This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & HomeGearWorks.com. Kurt is an executive, data scientist and software engineer who holds an MBA in Management Information Systems. In 2010, he partnered with scientists at Northwestern University to launch The Street Wire. This was one of the first mainstream uses of what would become “Narrative Science”, an artificial intelligence platform specializing in natural language generation. You can contact Kurt on LinkedIn here.