West Virginia Employment Data by County

County with the Most Businesses: Kanawha County West Virginia, 5,383
County with the Most Employees: Kanawha County West Virginia, 78,288
County with Highest Average Hourly Wage: Marshall County West Virginia, $1,202
County with Highest Unemployment Rate: Calhoun County West Virginia, 19.1%



Barbour County West Virginia

Total Businesses2400.5% of state total
Total Employment2,6240.5% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$71381.0% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate8.2%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Other services3514.6% of county businesses
Most Employees Retail trade29311.2% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Private households218.8% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places1947.4% of county employees



Berkeley County West Virginia

Total Businesses1,8804.0% of state total
Total Employment25,1964.5% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$68978.3% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate4.4%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Retail trade25113.4% of county businesses
Most Employees Healthcare4,52117.9% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Restaurants and other eating places1407.4% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places2,58110.2% of county employees



Boone County West Virginia

Total Businesses3320.7% of state total
Total Employment3,4080.6% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$87499.3% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate6.2%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Retail trade6519.6% of county businesses
Most Employees Retail trade62218.3% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Private households267.8% of county businesses
Most Employees Coal mining78523.0% of county employees



Braxton County West Virginia

Total Businesses2850.6% of state total
Total Employment2,8170.5% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$66275.2% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate10.0%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Retail trade6121.4% of county businesses
Most Employees Retail trade77327.4% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Private households217.4% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places29710.5% of county employees



Brooke County West Virginia

Total Businesses4310.9% of state total
Total Employment6,8211.2% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$81392.4% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate6.3%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Retail trade5713.2% of county businesses
Most Employees Manufacturing1,31619.3% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Restaurants and other eating places368.4% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places5958.7% of county employees



Cabell County West Virginia

Total Businesses2,6605.6% of state total
Total Employment44,5518.0% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$77688.2% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate5.0%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Retail trade44316.7% of county businesses
Most Employees Healthcare13,18729.6% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Restaurants and other eating places2238.4% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places5,00911.2% of county employees



Calhoun County West Virginia

Total Businesses1100.2% of state total
Total Employment8300.1% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$79490.2% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate19.1%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Mining and oil extraction2119.1% of county businesses
Most Employees Accommodation and food services384.6% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Private households109.1% of county businesses
Most Employees Support activities for mining688.2% of county employees



Clay County West Virginia

Total Businesses1010.2% of state total
Total Employment8940.2% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$55963.5% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate11.9%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Healthcare2019.8% of county businesses
Most Employees Healthcare32836.7% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Private households1413.9% of county businesses
Most Employees Gasoline stations with convenience stores525.8% of county employees



Doddridge County West Virginia

Total Businesses930.2% of state total
Total Employment1,0440.2% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$1,170133.0% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate5.4%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Construction1819.4% of county businesses
Most Employees Mining and oil extraction27126.0% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Natural gas extraction66.5% of county businesses
Most Employees Support activities for mining696.6% of county employees



Fayette County West Virginia

Total Businesses8481.8% of state total
Total Employment7,7851.4% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$69078.4% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate7.3%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Other services13515.9% of county businesses
Most Employees Healthcare1,79023.0% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Private households849.9% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places86311.1% of county employees



Gilmer County West Virginia

Total Businesses1230.3% of state total
Total Employment1,0240.2% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$59767.8% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate8.0%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Retail trade2217.9% of county businesses
Most Employees Manufacturing17417.0% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Restaurants and other eating places97.3% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places959.3% of county employees



Grant County West Virginia

Total Businesses2500.5% of state total
Total Employment2,3890.4% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$81692.7% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate7.7%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Construction4317.2% of county businesses
Most Employees Healthcare50921.3% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Residential building construction166.4% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places1536.4% of county employees



Greenbrier County West Virginia

Total Businesses1,0282.2% of state total
Total Employment10,9942.0% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$66475.5% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate6.5%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Retail trade17016.5% of county businesses
Most Employees Accommodation and food services2,70424.6% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Private households828.0% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places9588.7% of county employees



Hampshire County West Virginia

Total Businesses3800.8% of state total
Total Employment2,4830.4% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$57665.5% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate5.1%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Other services7419.5% of county businesses
Most Employees Retail trade51720.8% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Private households4712.4% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places1977.9% of county employees



Hancock County West Virginia

Total Businesses6141.3% of state total
Total Employment8,1711.5% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$75685.9% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate5.8%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Retail trade9415.3% of county businesses
Most Employees Manufacturing2,61832.0% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Other gambling industries426.8% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places6227.6% of county employees



Hardy County West Virginia

Total Businesses2890.6% of state total
Total Employment5,3161.0% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$62170.6% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate7.1%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Retail trade4214.5% of county businesses
Most Employees Manufacturing2,84753.6% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Restaurants and other eating places217.3% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places3015.7% of county employees



Harrison County West Virginia

Total Businesses1,9744.2% of state total
Total Employment28,0755.0% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$85096.6% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate5.4%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Retail trade31115.8% of county businesses
Most Employees Healthcare5,90821.0% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Restaurants and other eating places1376.9% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places2,7069.6% of county employees



Jackson County West Virginia

Total Businesses5441.2% of state total
Total Employment6,5761.2% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$76486.8% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate4.6%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Retail trade9717.8% of county businesses
Most Employees Manufacturing1,63824.9% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Restaurants and other eating places427.7% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places79712.1% of county employees



Jefferson County West Virginia

Total Businesses1,0132.2% of state total
Total Employment11,5052.1% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$71681.4% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate3.6%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Retail trade13613.4% of county businesses
Most Employees Accommodation and food services3,50430.5% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Restaurants and other eating places959.4% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places1,45412.6% of county employees



Kanawha County West Virginia

Total Businesses5,38311.4% of state total
Total Employment78,28814.0% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$908103.2% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate5.7%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Retail trade75314.0% of county businesses
Most Employees Healthcare18,69523.9% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Restaurants and other eating places3476.4% of county businesses
Most Employees General medical and surgical hospitals7,6759.8% of county employees



Lewis County West Virginia

Total Businesses4100.9% of state total
Total Employment4,6090.8% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$83995.3% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate7.2%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Retail trade7017.1% of county businesses
Most Employees Retail trade73816.0% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Restaurants and other eating places317.6% of county businesses
Most Employees Support activities for mining50110.9% of county employees



Lincoln County West Virginia

Total Businesses2240.5% of state total
Total Employment1,6140.3% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$72882.7% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate8.3%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Retail trade4118.3% of county businesses
Most Employees Healthcare52632.6% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Private households177.6% of county businesses
Most Employees Offices of physicians1076.6% of county employees



Logan County West Virginia

Total Businesses7551.6% of state total
Total Employment7,7251.4% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$80991.9% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate7.1%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Other services12817.0% of county businesses
Most Employees Retail trade1,61520.9% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Private households678.9% of county businesses
Most Employees Coal mining1,17615.2% of county employees



Marion County West Virginia

Total Businesses1,2472.6% of state total
Total Employment14,0572.5% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$82393.5% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate6.1%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Retail trade19916.0% of county businesses
Most Employees Retail trade2,34816.7% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Restaurants and other eating places816.5% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places1,41910.1% of county employees



Marshall County West Virginia

Total Businesses4951.1% of state total
Total Employment9,6421.7% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$1,202136.6% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate7.9%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Retail trade7916.0% of county businesses
Most Employees Mining and oil extraction1,96320.4% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Restaurants and other eating places377.5% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places6797.0% of county employees



Mason County West Virginia

Total Businesses3450.7% of state total
Total Employment4,0320.7% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$87799.7% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate7.8%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Retail trade5917.1% of county businesses
Most Employees Healthcare94423.4% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Private households267.5% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places2736.8% of county employees



McDowell County West Virginia

Total Businesses2760.6% of state total
Total Employment2,5580.5% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$904102.7% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate10.9%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Retail trade5018.1% of county businesses
Most Employees Mining and oil extraction85033.2% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Coal mining238.3% of county businesses
Most Employees Coal mining71127.8% of county employees



Mercer County West Virginia

Total Businesses1,2732.7% of state total
Total Employment14,5292.6% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$66375.3% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate6.6%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Retail trade23618.5% of county businesses
Most Employees Healthcare3,34923.1% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Restaurants and other eating places836.5% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places1,82212.5% of county employees



Mineral County West Virginia

Total Businesses4711.0% of state total
Total Employment6,2811.1% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$77387.8% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate6.1%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Retail trade7315.5% of county businesses
Most Employees Manufacturing1,66426.5% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Restaurants and other eating places326.8% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places4377.0% of county employees



Mingo County West Virginia

Total Businesses4781.0% of state total
Total Employment4,0390.7% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$87999.9% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate7.3%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Other services6413.4% of county businesses
Most Employees Mining and oil extraction1,27331.5% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Private households439.0% of county businesses
Most Employees Sawmills and wood preservation1433.5% of county employees



Monongalia County West Virginia

Total Businesses2,5795.5% of state total
Total Employment45,4418.1% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$932105.9% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate4.4%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Retail trade39715.4% of county businesses
Most Employees Healthcare13,37529.4% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Restaurants and other eating places2319.0% of county businesses
Most Employees General medical and surgical hospitals8,29218.2% of county employees



Monroe County West Virginia

Total Businesses1940.4% of state total
Total Employment1,2490.2% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$69779.2% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate5.6%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Construction3719.1% of county businesses
Most Employees Manufacturing46036.8% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Private households168.2% of county businesses
Most Employees Logging473.8% of county employees



Morgan County West Virginia

Total Businesses2270.5% of state total
Total Employment2,0240.4% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$64473.2% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate4.9%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Retail trade3917.2% of county businesses
Most Employees Retail trade38819.2% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Restaurants and other eating places177.5% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places23211.5% of county employees



Nicholas County West Virginia

Total Businesses6291.3% of state total
Total Employment5,4391.0% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$64473.2% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate7.9%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Retail trade10516.7% of county businesses
Most Employees Retail trade1,33524.5% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Private households477.5% of county businesses
Most Employees Gasoline stations with convenience stores2324.3% of county employees



Ohio County West Virginia

Total Businesses1,4563.1% of state total
Total Employment24,9154.5% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$83094.3% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate5.1%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Healthcare21514.8% of county businesses
Most Employees Healthcare6,31125.3% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Restaurants and other eating places906.2% of county businesses
Most Employees General medical and surgical hospitals2,96911.9% of county employees



Pendleton County West Virginia

Total Businesses1540.3% of state total
Total Employment1,1270.2% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$57765.6% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate5.2%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Other services2314.9% of county businesses
Most Employees Retail trade16114.3% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Restaurants and other eating places117.1% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places645.7% of county employees



Pleasants County West Virginia

Total Businesses1310.3% of state total
Total Employment2,1180.4% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$1,016115.5% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate8.9%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Other services2116.0% of county businesses
Most Employees Manufacturing50523.8% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Private households1511.5% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places1888.9% of county employees



Pocahontas County West Virginia

Total Businesses2130.5% of state total
Total Employment2,2300.4% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$56664.3% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate6.8%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Retail trade3416.0% of county businesses
Most Employees Retail trade31214.0% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Residential building construction167.5% of county businesses
Most Employees Sawmills and wood preservation2149.6% of county employees



Preston County West Virginia

Total Businesses6011.3% of state total
Total Employment4,8240.9% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$64273.0% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate6.4%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Retail trade9215.3% of county businesses
Most Employees Retail trade89718.6% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Private households498.2% of county businesses
Most Employees General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters2675.5% of county employees



Putnam County West Virginia

Total Businesses1,3933.0% of state total
Total Employment17,7403.2% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$953108.3% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate5.7%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Construction18513.3% of county businesses
Most Employees Manufacturing2,42813.7% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Restaurants and other eating places846.0% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places1,6059.0% of county employees



Raleigh County West Virginia

Total Businesses2,0464.3% of state total
Total Employment25,6944.6% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$72181.9% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate5.9%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Retail trade34316.8% of county businesses
Most Employees Healthcare6,45325.1% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Offices of physicians1306.4% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places2,87811.2% of county employees



Randolph County West Virginia

Total Businesses7561.6% of state total
Total Employment9,3221.7% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$63572.2% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate7.6%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Retail trade13317.6% of county businesses
Most Employees Retail trade1,44115.5% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Restaurants and other eating places466.1% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places7157.7% of county employees



Ritchie County West Virginia

Total Businesses2150.5% of state total
Total Employment2,7710.5% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$75585.8% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate8.2%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Retail trade3415.8% of county businesses
Most Employees Manufacturing89832.4% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Support activities for mining157.0% of county businesses
Most Employees Support activities for mining46916.9% of county employees



Roane County West Virginia

Total Businesses2500.5% of state total
Total Employment2,2880.4% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$69178.5% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate13.6%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Retail trade4116.4% of county businesses
Most Employees Retail trade50322.0% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Support activities for mining208.0% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places1928.4% of county employees



Summers County West Virginia

Total Businesses1660.4% of state total
Total Employment1,4250.3% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$64773.5% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate7.7%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Retail trade2816.9% of county businesses
Most Employees Retail trade24717.3% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Gasoline stations with convenience stores84.8% of county businesses
Most Employees General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters584.1% of county employees



Taylor County West Virginia

Total Businesses2290.5% of state total
Total Employment2,1080.4% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$85697.3% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate6.4%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Other services3917.0% of county businesses
Most Employees Retail trade47622.6% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Private households2310.0% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places2029.6% of county employees



Tucker County West Virginia

Total Businesses1710.4% of state total
Total Employment2,0150.4% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$67476.6% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate6.7%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Retail trade2514.6% of county businesses
Most Employees Accommodation and food services48824.2% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Restaurants and other eating places1810.5% of county businesses
Most Employees Offices of physicians502.5% of county employees



Tyler County West Virginia

Total Businesses1160.2% of state total
Total Employment1,5620.3% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$976110.9% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate10.1%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Retail trade2319.8% of county businesses
Most Employees Manufacturing51733.1% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Restaurants and other eating places97.8% of county businesses
Most Employees Gasoline stations with convenience stores553.5% of county employees



Upshur County West Virginia

Total Businesses6251.3% of state total
Total Employment5,9471.1% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$71280.9% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate7.0%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Retail trade9014.4% of county businesses
Most Employees Retail trade1,07518.1% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Private households447.0% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places60310.1% of county employees



Wayne County West Virginia

Total Businesses5061.1% of state total
Total Employment5,1010.9% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$69879.3% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate6.9%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Retail trade8316.4% of county businesses
Most Employees Retail trade84116.5% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Restaurants and other eating places387.5% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places4609.0% of county employees



Webster County West Virginia

Total Businesses1720.4% of state total
Total Employment1,2140.2% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$63071.6% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate9.2%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Other services3017.4% of county businesses
Most Employees Healthcare27622.7% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Logging2816.3% of county businesses
Most Employees Sawmills and wood preservation23919.7% of county employees



Wetzel County West Virginia

Total Businesses3640.8% of state total
Total Employment3,3320.6% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$59367.4% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate9.6%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Retail trade6718.4% of county businesses
Most Employees Retail trade91227.4% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Restaurants and other eating places277.4% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places46413.9% of county employees



Wood County West Virginia

Total Businesses2,1574.6% of state total
Total Employment29,0375.2% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$72882.7% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate6.7%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Retail trade36917.1% of county businesses
Most Employees Retail trade5,98520.6% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Restaurants and other eating places1677.7% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places3,53912.2% of county employees



Wyoming County West Virginia

Total Businesses3070.7% of state total
Total Employment3,1730.6% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$85897.5% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate8.5%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Retail trade6922.5% of county businesses
Most Employees Mining and oil extraction90028.4% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Gasoline stations with convenience stores216.8% of county businesses
Most Employees Coal mining80525.4% of county employees






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