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Lynchburg, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lynchburg rose 0.3 percentage points in May 2014 to 5.9%. 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 2.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.5% in February 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Lynchburg unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.3% 0.0 -1.2
Virginia 5.1% +0.2 -0.5
Lynchburg 5.9% +0.3 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2014 data as June 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 3,053 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 549. Lynchburg employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lynchburg, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Lynchburg 7,177 +370 -600

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lynchburg, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Lynchburg
Unemployment Rate
Lynchburg
Unemployed
June
2014
6.1% 5.3%
May
2014
6.3% 5.1% 5.9% 7,177
April
2014
6.3% 4.9% 5.6% 6,807
March
2014
6.7% 4.9% 5.6% 6,801
February
2014
6.7% 4.9% 5.5% 6,628
January
2014
6.6% 5.0% 5.6% 6,709
December
2013
6.7% 5.2% 5.8% 6,992
November
2013
7.0% 5.3% 5.9% 7,137
October
2013
7.2% 5.4% 6.1% 7,298
September
2013
7.2% 5.5% 6.2% 7,459
August
2013
7.2% 5.6% 6.3% 7,606
July
2013
7.3% 5.7% 6.4% 7,709
June
2013
7.5% 5.7% 6.4% 7,758

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.