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NOTE: It looks like there won't be any metro employment/unemployment updates for the next few months. The BLS is reworking the data based on new OMB geographic delineations and won't be able to release updates until at least (and probably later than) April 21st. More here. I'll update the data as soon as it's available. Sorry folks.

Charlottesville, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Charlottesville fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2014 to 4.2%. 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 December 2009 at 6.3% and is now 2.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.0% in February 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Charlottesville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
Virginia 4.8% 0.0 -0.6
Charlottesville 4.2% -0.1 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2014 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 January 2010 at 6,722. There are now 1,983 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,483 in February 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 256. Charlottesville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Charlottesville, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Charlottesville 4,739 -115 +32

Number of Unemployed Persons

Charlottesville, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Charlottesville
Unemployment Rate
Charlottesville
Unemployed
May
2015
5.5% 4.9%
April
2015
5.4% 4.8%
March
2015
5.5% 4.8%
February
2015
5.5% 4.7%
January
2015
5.7% 4.7%
December
2014
5.6% 4.8% 4.2% 4,739
November
2014
5.8% 4.8% 4.3% 4,854
October
2014
5.7% 4.9% 4.5% 5,008
September
2014
5.9% 5.0% 4.5% 5,068
August
2014
6.1% 5.0% 4.5% 5,073
July
2014
6.2% 5.1% 4.4% 4,937
June
2014
6.1% 5.2% 4.4% 4,952

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.