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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.

Lynchburg, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lynchburg fell 0.2 percentage points in December 2014 to 5.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points higher than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Lynchburg peaked in January 2010 at 8.4% and is now 2.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.5% in February 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Lynchburg 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
Lynchburg 5.6% -0.2 -0.2
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: Lynchburg, Virginia, National

Lynchburg, Virginia monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Lynchburg, Virginia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Lynchburg peaked in February 2010 at 10,230. There are now 3,596 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 6,628 in February 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 6. Lynchburg employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lynchburg, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Lynchburg 6,634 -234 -358

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lynchburg, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Lynchburg
Unemployment Rate
Lynchburg
Unemployed
March
2015
5.5%
February
2015
5.5% 4.7%
January
2015
5.7% 4.7%
December
2014
5.6% 4.8% 5.6% 6,634
November
2014
5.8% 4.8% 5.8% 6,868
October
2014
5.7% 4.9% 6.0% 7,196
September
2014
5.9% 5.0% 6.1% 7,319
August
2014
6.1% 5.0% 6.1% 7,372
July
2014
6.2% 5.1% 6.0% 7,223
June
2014
6.1% 5.2% 6.0% 7,220
May
2014
6.3% 5.2% 5.9% 7,157
April
2014
6.2% 5.3% 5.6% 6,807

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.