Like many regions, including nearby Pittsburgh, the Weirton-Steubenville metropolitan area has experienced a decline in overall population over the decade. According to the US Census Bureau’s annual population estimates, the tri-county population dropped from 124,454 in 2016 to 119,271 in 2016. The tables below show counts for Brooke (WV), Hancock (WV) and Jefferson (OH) counties, and each of the region’s cities and towns.
Over the last 10 years, the regional story of unemployment looks a bit like the blueprint for a rollercoaster. The ride begins in Spring 2008, when the unemployment rate was at a ten-year low of 5.9%, with 54,000 people employed in the Weirton-Steubenville area. The track grew steep in the summer of 2009 when employment had more than doubled to 11.9%, with just over 51,500 out of the 58,500-member workforce still in their jobs. And the climb wasn’t over.