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Charlottesville, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Charlottesville rose 0.2 percentage points in October 2016 to 3.6%. 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 3.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in May 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Charlottesville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% -0.1 -0.1
Virginia 4.2% +0.2 0.0
Charlottesville 3.6% +0.2 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2016 data as November 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 3,236 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 687. Charlottesville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Charlottesville, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Charlottesville 4,242 +215 -72

Number of Unemployed Persons

Charlottesville, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Charlottesville
Unemployment Rate
Charlottesville
Unemployed
November
2016
4.6%
October
2016
4.9% 4.2% 3.6% 4,242
September
2016
5.0% 4.0% 3.4% 4,027
August
2016
4.9% 3.9% 3.3% 3,837
July
2016
4.9% 3.7% 3.2% 3,742
June
2016
4.9% 3.7% 3.1% 3,653
May
2016
4.7% 3.7% 3.1% 3,555
April
2016
5.0% 3.9% 3.3% 3,824
March
2016
5.0% 4.0% 3.5% 4,046
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

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.