The 10 Hottest Job Markets In West Virginia For 2020

by Kathy Morris
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Anticipating a job hunt in 2020?

If so, you might be nervous about the state of your local job market or curious how it stacks up to rival cities. Cities in the same state can have dramatically different job markets. Job hunting in one part of the state can be a piece of cake, while in another city it can be a herculean task to just land an interview.

Here at Zippia, we love math (and jobs!), so we delved into the data to determine where in 2020 it was easiest to find a job in West Virginia.

Here are the ten hottest job markets in West Virginia.

There you have it, folks- the ten cities where it was easiest to get a job in West Virginia. Keep reading for a more detailed breakdown of how we reached these results. Your city not in the top 10? Keep scrolling to see where it landed on the full list.

How we determined the best job markets in West Virginia

We used the most recent Census American Community Survey to pull data for the main West Virginia metro areas. We only looked at cities with a working civilian population above 5,000.

While unemployment rate can tell you a lot about the local job market, it is simply one metric and job markets are complex entities. We opted to take a more in-depth look at the best job market in West Virginia.

Each metro-area was ranked 1-to-11 in four categories:

  • Unemployment Rate
  • Change In Unemployment Rate
  • Household Income Change
  • Current Average Household Income

The lower the score in each category the better. For example, the South Charleston area had the lowest unemployment rate at 5.2%, earning it the #1 spot for unemployment rate. The four ranked categories were then averaged together to produce our final list. The final list ranks the 11 metro areas from 1-to-11. Once again, the lower the score, the stronger the job market.

1. South Charleston

South Charleston, WV

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 5.23%
Average Income: $67,582

2. Morgantown

Morgantown, WV

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 9.88%
Average Income: $66,304

3. Wheeling

Wheeling, WV

Unemployment Rate: 5.43%
Average Income: $63,173

4. Weirton

Weirton, WV

Unemployment Rate: 6.39%
Average Income: $60,387

5. Clarksburg

Clarksburg, WV

Unemployment Rate: 7.4%
Average Income: $56,030

6. Charleston

Charleston, WV

Unemployment Rate: 5.64%
Average Income: $74,305

7. Fairmont

Fairmont, WV

Unemployment Rate: 6.47%
Average Income: $55,546

8. Beckley

Beckley, WV

Unemployment Rate: 7.22%
Average Income: $56,360

9. Parkersburg

Parkersburg, WV

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 6.92%
Average Income: $51,195

10. Martinsburg

Martinsburg, WV

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 11.92%
Average Income: $54,965


You might be reading this and thinking, ‘Hey, I live in South Charleston and have been unemployed for months- this can’t be right!’ That’s entirely possible.

While South Charleston and the surrounding metro area have the hottest job market in West Virginia, personal finances can be, well, personal. Education, work experience, and occupation all play a big role in securing a job. However, overall, job seekers in South Charleston will have an easier time than those in cities near the bottom of the list.

Detailed List Of The Hottest Job Markets In West Virginia

Rank Place Unemployment Rate Average Income
1 South Charleston 5.23% $67,582
2 Morgantown 9.88% $66,304
3 Wheeling 5.43% $63,173
4 Weirton 6.39% $60,387
5 Clarksburg 7.4% $56,030
6 Charleston 5.64% $74,305
7 Fairmont 6.47% $55,546
8 Beckley 7.22% $56,360
9 Parkersburg 6.92% $51,195
10 Martinsburg 11.92% $54,965
11 Huntington 7.19% $48,832
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