West Virginia Employment and Income
Throughout the 1990s, West Virginia’s unemployment rate was significantly higher than the nation’s. Since the last recession ended, however, it has tracked the U.S. average closely. In fact, for the past two years, the state’s unemployment rate has been lower than or equal to the national average; in May, 4.5% of West Virginia’s labor force was out of work, compared to 5.1% for the U.S.
Suggested citation: “West Virginia Employment and Income,” Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Economic Trends, no. 05-07, pp. 15, 07.01.2005.