These Are The 10 Cities In West Virginia With The Lowest Unemployment Rate

by Chris Kolmar
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If you find yourself dissatisfied with where your career is, but not your home, you might be looking for a new job within your community — but how hard will finding one be in your hometown? To help, we present to you the cities in West Virginia with the strongest job markets by unemployment rates.

Many people live where they do because a job brought them there, but if you’re trying to live up to a millennial stereotype and move to West Virginia for some arbitrary reason… or even looking for a new job or moving to a state first and getting a job after, then the job market’s strength is especially important for you.

Well we went to the source of all things demographic data – the Census – to figure out which cities have the lowest unemployment. We set a threshold of city population and found data for each city in the Mountain State and crunched the numbers to find the cream of the crop:

  1. Nitro(Jobs)
  2. Hurricane(Jobs)
  3. South Charleston(Jobs)
  4. Weirton(Jobs)
  5. Vienna(Jobs)
  6. Bluefield(Jobs)
  7. Wheeling(Jobs)
  8. Fairmont(Jobs)
  9. St. Albans
  10. Bridgeport(Jobs)

Even if you’re an employer looking for a strong community to relocate to, a highly employed population is a powerful indicator of a community’s overall health. And, in that regard, Nitro takes the cake as the place in West Virginia with the lowest unemployment rate.

Read on to see how we help you identify those places in West Virginia that have the most robust job force.

Or for more West Virginia job information, check out:

How We Determined The Cities In West Virginia With The Lowest Unemployment Rates

Before we could dive into what West Virginia’s most employed cities were, we needed to know where to look in the first place. We settled upon any place with over 5,000 people and data available for our criteria.

This left us with 27 places in West Virginia.

We then looked at the unemployment rates to determine the cream from the crop when it comes to low unemployment, and our data comes directly from the latest American Community Survey from the Census.

We thought the rate alone was representative of the current state of each city’s job market with the potential for a person to get a job there, whether they were making an intrastate, interstate, or intercity job transfer.

We ranked all the cities for the criteria from one to 27 with one being the “most employed city in West Virginia”. Where there was a tie, the winner went to the bigger city.

If your city or town isn’t among the top ten, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart. Otherwise, learn more about how the top ten cities achieved their potential.

1. Nitro

Nitro, West Virginia

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Population: 6,860
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Nitro comes in at the top of our list, taking the cake and not sharing a bit of it with only 2.7 percent unemployment, easily blowing away the competition as the top contender.

Certain perks come with being the gold medalist like always having a job.

2. Hurricane

Hurricane, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,352
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
You might say that second place is actually the first place loser, but Hurricane doesn’t… because it doesn’t look nearly as good on a dating profile as as “first runner-up” or “silver medalist”.

3. South Charleston

South Charleston, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,380
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
And rounding out our champions’ podium is South Charleston, earning the bronze medal with a score of 4.2 percent in the unemployment rate category.

4. Weirton

Weirton, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,523
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Following right behind in the number four slot is Weirton. With a population of 19523 residents, Weirton is a solid place to move in West Virginia if you plan on getting your career search started.

5. Vienna

Vienna, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,654
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
The coveted #5 spot has fallen to the residents in Vienna. Numbering around 10654 people, this city is doing it big with decidedly desirable unemployment rate of 5.1%.

I’m really happy for them, you know, what with their stable careers and all.

6. Bluefield

Bluefield, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,465
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%
The city of Bluefield is coming in at #6 with some solid numbers — not enough to blow you away, but enough to make you think twice about moving to another city you were thinking of just because of the dog parks.

7. Wheeling

Wheeling, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 28,129
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%
Taking the bittersweet #7 spot is the town of Wheeling. With a unemployment rate of 5.8 percent, this city is doing big things like a boss — like the one that’ll be hiring you in this solid job market.

8. Fairmont

Fairmont, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,746
Unemployment Rate: 5.9%
Coming in at #8, Fairmont has a job market strong enough to tempt people away from some of West Virginia’s flashier cities where the unemployment rate isn’t as competitive.

9. St. Albans

St. Albans, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,939
Unemployment Rate: 6.3%
Finishing strong at #9 the town of St. Albans, where the unemployment rate is strong enough to keep this city, which is not at allknown as “The City of Hopes and Dreams”, but should consider adopting it.

10. Bridgeport

Bridgeport, West Virginia

Source: Flickr

Population: 8,316
Unemployment Rate: 6.4%
Rounding out our list and coming in at #10 is the city of Bridgeport, West Virginia. Don’t forget, just because it’s last place in this top ten list, that’s still out of 27.

Bridgeport’s parents are still proud of its life choices.

There You Have It – Unemployment Across West Virginia

There you have it folks, the Ten Cities With the Lowest Unemployment in the state of {state}. They have the numbers and jobs to back it up.

If you’re just dying to move to the {nickname} and feel like throwing caution to the wind and moving-first- getting-employed-later, stick to the cities in our top ten.

If you’d like more information on different cities and states around the U.S. be sure to visit to have all of your questions answered — and if you’re a recent college graduate thinking about moving states, check out which states college grads tend to stay in and which states they abandon.

Here’s a quick look are the places in West Virginia with the highest unemployment rate:

  1. Keyser
  2. Martinsburg
  3. Grafton

Detailed List Of Cities With The Lowest Unemployment In West Virginia

City Rank Unemployment
Nitro 1 2.7%
Hurricane 2 3.5%
South Charleston 3 4.2%
Weirton 4 4.6%
Vienna 5 5.1%
Bluefield 6 5.7%
Wheeling 7 5.8%
Fairmont 8 5.9%
St. Albans 9 6.3%
Bridgeport 10 6.4%
Dunbar 11 6.5%
New Martinsville 12 6.6%
Charleston 13 7.3%
Morgantown 14 7.5%
Beckley 15 7.6%
Clarksburg 16 7.8%
Princeton 17 8.0%
Moundsville 18 8.1%
Huntington 19 8.5%
Buckhannon 20 8.6%
Oak Hill 21 8.7%
Elkins 22 8.8%
Parkersburg 23 10.0%
Charles Town 24 11.5%
Grafton 25 13.4%
Martinsburg 26 14.1%
Keyser 27 17.5%
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