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Charlottesville, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Charlottesville fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2015 to 3.7%. 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 3.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in August 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Charlottesville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Virginia 4.2% +0.1 -0.6
Charlottesville 3.7% -0.1 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2015 data as January 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 7,486. There are now 3,151 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,211 in August 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 124. Charlottesville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Charlottesville, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Charlottesville 4,335 -19 -569

Number of Unemployed Persons

Charlottesville, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Charlottesville
Unemployment Rate
Charlottesville
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 4.2% 3.7% 4,335
November
2015
5.0% 4.1% 3.8% 4,354
October
2015
5.0% 4.2% 3.8% 4,367
September
2015
5.1% 4.3% 3.6% 4,214
August
2015
5.1% 4.5% 3.6% 4,211
July
2015
5.3% 4.8% 3.9% 4,535
June
2015
5.3% 4.9% 4.2% 4,889
May
2015
5.5% 4.9% 4.4% 5,078
April
2015
5.4% 4.8% 4.3% 5,058
March
2015
5.5% 4.8% 4.2% 4,919
February
2015
5.5% 4.7% 4.2% 4,924

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.