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Charlottesville, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Charlottesville rose 0.1 percentage points in March 2016 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Charlottesville peaked in February 2010 at 6.8% and is now 3.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.4% in February 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Charlottesville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% +0.1 -0.5
Virginia 4.0% -0.1 -0.7
Charlottesville 3.5% +0.1 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2016 data as April metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Charlottesville, Virginia, National

Charlottesville, Virginia monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Charlottesville, Virginia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Charlottesville peaked in February 2010 at 7,478. There are now 3,426 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,989 in February 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 63. Charlottesville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Charlottesville, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Charlottesville 4,052 +63 -766

Number of Unemployed Persons

Charlottesville, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Charlottesville
Unemployment Rate
Charlottesville
Unemployed
April
2016
5.0% 3.9%
March
2016
5.0% 4.0% 3.5% 4,052
February
2016
4.9% 4.1% 3.4% 3,989
January
2016
4.9% 4.1% 3.7% 4,266
December
2015
5.0% 4.2% 3.7% 4,289
November
2015
5.0% 4.2% 3.7% 4,306
October
2015
5.0% 4.2% 3.7% 4,314
September
2015
5.1% 4.2% 3.7% 4,290
August
2015
5.1% 4.2% 3.7% 4,280
July
2015
5.3% 4.3% 3.8% 4,359
June
2015
5.3% 4.4% 3.9% 4,526
May
2015
5.5% 4.5% 4.1% 4,708

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.