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Charlottesville, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Charlottesville fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2017 to 3.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Charlottesville peaked in February 2010 at 6.8% and is now 3.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in May 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Charlottesville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.1 -0.2
Virginia 3.9% -0.1 -0.1
Charlottesville 3.3% -0.1 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2017 data as March 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 3,583 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,555 in May 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 340. Charlottesville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Charlottesville, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Charlottesville 3,895 -149 -94

Number of Unemployed Persons

Charlottesville, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Charlottesville
Unemployment Rate
Charlottesville
Unemployed
March
2017
4.5% 3.8%
February
2017
4.7% 3.9% 3.3% 3,895
January
2017
4.8% 4.0% 3.4% 4,044
December
2016
4.7% 4.1% 3.5% 4,131
November
2016
4.6% 4.1% 3.6% 4,277
October
2016
4.8% 4.1% 3.6% 4,219
September
2016
4.9% 4.1% 3.4% 4,027
August
2016
4.9% 4.1% 3.3% 3,837
July
2016
4.9% 4.1% 3.2% 3,742
June
2016
4.9% 4.0% 3.1% 3,653
May
2016
4.7% 4.0% 3.1% 3,555
April
2016
5.0% 4.0% 3.3% 3,824

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.