Unemployment rates, while significantly lower than the alarming pandemic peak of 14.7% experienced in April 2020, remain a subject of concern, notably as economic experts bandy around the idea of a potential recession by 2023. The last economic recession—the Great Recession of 2008-2010—sent rates up to 10% as of October 2009. It was not until the spring of 2019 that unemployment finally went down to the same level it sits at now.

As of June of this year, national unemployment is at 3.5%, 0.1% lower than in May, marking a three-month stagnation—following a steady drop since that aforementioned COVID-affected peak. Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates by state demonstrate a rather sizable spectrum, ranging from just 1.8% in Minnesota to 4.9% in New Mexico and 5.5% in the District of Columbia. Further breakdown by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows yet another county-based spectrum within each state.

To that end, Stacker compiled a list of counties with the highest unemployment rate in West Virginia using data from the BLS. Counties are ranked by unemployment rate in June 2022, which as of this writing is the most current Bureau data.

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#55. Pendleton County

– Current Unemployment rate: 2.7%
— 1 month change: +0.7%
— 1 year change: -0.5%
-Total Labor Force: 3,856 (105 unemployed)

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#54. Hampshire County

– Current Unemployment rate: 2.8%
— 1 month change: +0.6%
— 1 year change: -1.0%
-Total Labor Force: 11,310 (313 unemployed)

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#53. Jefferson County

– Current Unemployment rate: 2.8%
— 1 month change: +0.6%
— 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 31,549 (882 unemployed)

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#52. Morgan County

– Current Unemployment rate: 3.0%
— 1 month change: +0.5%
— 1 year change: -0.8%
-Total Labor Force: 8,786 (262 unemployed)

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#51. Berkeley County

– Current Unemployment rate: 3.2%
— 1 month change: +0.7%
— 1 year change: -0.9%
-Total Labor Force: 61,872 (1,949 unemployed)

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#50. Pocahontas County

– Current Unemployment rate: 3.2%
— 1 month change: -1.3%
— 1 year change: -1.7%
-Total Labor Force: 4,446 (141 unemployed)

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#49. Doddridge County

– Current Unemployment rate: 3.2%
— 1 month change: +0.7%
— 1 year change: -1.3%
-Total Labor Force: 3,873 (124 unemployed)

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#48. Grant County

– Current Unemployment rate: 3.6%
— 1 month change: +0.9%
— 1 year change: -1.2%
-Total Labor Force: 6,139 (220 unemployed)

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#47. Putnam County

– Current Unemployment rate: 3.7%
— 1 month change: +0.9%
— 1 year change: -1.0%
-Total Labor Force: 27,567 (1,028 unemployed)

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#46. Harrison County

– Current Unemployment rate: 3.8%
— 1 month change: +0.6%
— 1 year change: -1.3%
-Total Labor Force: 34,628 (1,305 unemployed)

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#45. Monongalia County

– Current Unemployment rate: 3.8%
— 1 month change: +0.8%
— 1 year change: -0.8%
-Total Labor Force: 56,987 (2,184 unemployed)

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#44. Raleigh County

– Current Unemployment rate: 3.9%
— 1 month change: +0.6%
— 1 year change: -2.1%
-Total Labor Force: 31,384 (1,238 unemployed)

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#43. Cabell County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.0%
— 1 month change: +0.9%
— 1 year change: -1.3%
-Total Labor Force: 42,418 (1,709 unemployed)

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#42. Kanawha County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.0%
— 1 month change: +0.6%
— 1 year change: -1.7%
-Total Labor Force: 83,700 (3,375 unemployed)

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#41. Taylor County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.0%
— 1 month change: +0.8%
— 1 year change: -1.0%
-Total Labor Force: 8,045 (325 unemployed)

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#40. Hardy County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.1%
— 1 month change: +0.8%
— 1 year change: -1.2%
-Total Labor Force: 5,840 (237 unemployed)

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#39. Mineral County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.1%
— 1 month change: +0.8%
— 1 year change: -1.3%
-Total Labor Force: 12,345 (503 unemployed)

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#38. Ritchie County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.1%
— 1 month change: +0.6%
— 1 year change: -1.9%
-Total Labor Force: 4,412 (180 unemployed)

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#37. Greenbrier County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.1%
— 1 month change: +1.2%
— 1 year change: -0.4%
-Total Labor Force: 16,069 (660 unemployed)

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#36. Tucker County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.2%
— 1 month change: +0.8%
— 1 year change: -1.6%
-Total Labor Force: 3,460 (145 unemployed)

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#35. Preston County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.2%
— 1 month change: +1.0%
— 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 15,890 (668 unemployed)

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#34. Wayne County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.2%
— 1 month change: +0.8%
— 1 year change: -1.5%
-Total Labor Force: 15,897 (669 unemployed)

#33. Ohio County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.2%
— 1 month change: +0.6%
— 1 year change: -1.6%
-Total Labor Force: 21,035 (887 unemployed)

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#32. Summers County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.3%
— 1 month change: +1.0%
— 1 year change: -0.6%
-Total Labor Force: 4,747 (203 unemployed)

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#31. Wood County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.3%
— 1 month change: +0.8%
— 1 year change: -1.7%
-Total Labor Force: 37,861 (1,645 unemployed)

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#30. Jackson County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.5%
— 1 month change: +0.9%
— 1 year change: -1.7%
-Total Labor Force: 12,482 (562 unemployed)

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#29. Randolph County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.7%
— 1 month change: +0.7%
— 1 year change: -1.2%
-Total Labor Force: 12,083 (566 unemployed)

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#28. Barbour County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.7%
— 1 month change: +0.9%
— 1 year change: -1.7%
-Total Labor Force: 7,471 (354 unemployed)

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#27. Nicholas County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.8%
— 1 month change: +0.8%
— 1 year change: -1.8%
-Total Labor Force: 9,429 (456 unemployed)

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#26. Webster County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.9%
— 1 month change: +1.1%
— 1 year change: -1.9%
-Total Labor Force: 3,246 (158 unemployed)

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#25. Marion County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.9%
— 1 month change: +1.1%
— 1 year change: -0.8%
-Total Labor Force: 25,708 (1,268 unemployed)

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#24. Mason County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.9%
— 1 month change: +1.3%
— 1 year change: -1.2%
-Total Labor Force: 10,335 (510 unemployed)

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#23. Marshall County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.9%
— 1 month change: +0.5%
— 1 year change: -1.9%
-Total Labor Force: 13,767 (681 unemployed)

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#22. Fayette County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.1%
— 1 month change: +1.0%
— 1 year change: -1.8%
-Total Labor Force: 16,688 (851 unemployed)

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#21. Mercer County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.1%
— 1 month change: +0.8%
— 1 year change: -1.7%
-Total Labor Force: 21,469 (1,099 unemployed)

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#20. Logan County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.2%
— 1 month change: +0.9%
— 1 year change: -2.1%
-Total Labor Force: 11,400 (590 unemployed)

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#19. Brooke County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.2%
— 1 month change: +0.8%
— 1 year change: -2.2%
-Total Labor Force: 10,171 (527 unemployed)

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#18. Boone County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.2%
— 1 month change: +0.9%
— 1 year change: -1.9%
-Total Labor Force: 7,447 (387 unemployed)

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#17. Wyoming County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.3%
— 1 month change: +1.4%
— 1 year change: -1.1%
-Total Labor Force: 7,595 (406 unemployed)

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#16. Lewis County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.4%
— 1 month change: +0.8%
— 1 year change: -1.9%
-Total Labor Force: 6,279 (337 unemployed)

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#15. Hancock County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.5%
— 1 month change: +1.0%
— 1 year change: -2.1%
-Total Labor Force: 13,432 (735 unemployed)

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#14. Lincoln County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.6%
— 1 month change: +1.0%
— 1 year change: -1.9%
-Total Labor Force: 7,226 (402 unemployed)

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#13. Monroe County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.6%
— 1 month change: +3.1%
— 1 year change: +1.5%
-Total Labor Force: 6,344 (353 unemployed)

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#12. Wetzel County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.6%
— 1 month change: +1.1%
— 1 year change: -1.8%
-Total Labor Force: 7,132 (398 unemployed)

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#11. Upshur County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.6%
— 1 month change: +1.3%
— 1 year change: -1.8%
-Total Labor Force: 10,099 (570 unemployed)

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#10. Wirt County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.8%
— 1 month change: +0.7%
— 1 year change: -2.2%
-Total Labor Force: 2,323 (134 unemployed)

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#9. Gilmer County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.9%
— 1 month change: +1.4%
— 1 year change: -1.9%
-Total Labor Force: 2,311 (136 unemployed)

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#8. Pleasants County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.9%
— 1 month change: +0.9%
— 1 year change: -2.3%
-Total Labor Force: 2,755 (163 unemployed)

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#7. Braxton County

– Current Unemployment rate: 6.0%
— 1 month change: +0.7%
— 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 5,156 (307 unemployed)

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#6. Clay County

– Current Unemployment rate: 6.4%
— 1 month change: +1.2%
— 1 year change: -2.1%
-Total Labor Force: 3,109 (200 unemployed)

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#5. Roane County

– Current Unemployment rate: 6.7%
— 1 month change: +0.8%
— 1 year change: -2.2%
-Total Labor Force: 5,122 (345 unemployed)

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#4. Mingo County

– Current Unemployment rate: 7.0%
— 1 month change: +1.2%
— 1 year change: -2.8%
-Total Labor Force: 6,210 (432 unemployed)

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#3. Tyler County

– Current Unemployment rate: 7.1%
— 1 month change: +1.7%
— 1 year change: -1.2%
-Total Labor Force: 3,125 (221 unemployed)

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#2. Calhoun County

– Current Unemployment rate: 7.3%
— 1 month change: +1.0%
— 1 year change: -2.4%
-Total Labor Force: 2,615 (190 unemployed)

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#1. McDowell County

– Current Unemployment rate: 7.4%
— 1 month change: +1.5%
— 1 year change: -1.8%
-Total Labor Force: 4,417 (327 unemployed)