Overall unemployment rate stayed flat at 4.6% with the biggest shift in Government, which gained 1,000 roles, based on the most recently available information published in September 2022.

Total employment in the Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH market declined by 1,463 jobs in August and the unemployment rate stayed flat. The national unemployment rate stayed flat over the same time period at 3.8%.

  • Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH unemployment rate is 81 bps above the national rate which is a negative sign.
  • Unemployment in the market is 40 bps below the unemployment rate in the market last year at this time, which is a positive.
  • Average wages (per hour) grew in August versus prior month by 11.7% and are down compared to last year at this time in the market.
Month over Month Unemployment Change
Year over Year Unemployment Change
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH Unemployment August 2022

For key employment segments of the market, total jobs stayed flat. Key sectors include:

  • Education & Healthcare: 28,800; +100
  • Transportation & Utilities: 24,000; -100
  • Government: 20,600; +1,000
  • Business Services: 13,900; -300
  • Restaurants & Hotels: 13,400; -600
  • Manufacturing: 11,200; +100
  • Construction, Mining: 7,400; -200
  • Financial Services: 4,600; no change
  • Other Jobs: 4,300; no change
  • IT & Development: 1,000; no change
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH Unemployment by Industry August 2022

Data is based on the most recent 12 months available, through August 2022 (Data published September 2022 and reports created on September 28, 2022).  Source: Government data agency and locally acquired statistics.

Note: All reported data is not seasonally adjusted.