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Lynchburg, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lynchburg fell 0.1 percentage points in May 2016 to 4.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Lynchburg peaked in December 2009 at 8.3% and is now 4.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Lynchburg unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.3 -0.8
Virginia 3.7% -0.2 -0.8
Lynchburg 4.0% -0.1 -1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2016 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 10,428. There are now 5,549 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Lynchburg employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lynchburg, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Lynchburg 4,879 -73 -1,491

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lynchburg, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Lynchburg
Unemployment Rate
Lynchburg
Unemployed
June
2016
4.9% 3.7%
May
2016
4.7% 3.7% 4.0% 4,879
April
2016
5.0% 3.9% 4.1% 4,952
March
2016
5.0% 4.0% 4.4% 5,325
February
2016
4.9% 4.1% 4.4% 5,288
January
2016
4.9% 4.1% 4.5% 5,443
December
2015
5.0% 4.2% 4.6% 5,631
November
2015
5.0% 4.2% 4.6% 5,651
October
2015
5.0% 4.2% 4.6% 5,652
September
2015
5.1% 4.2% 4.6% 5,638
August
2015
5.1% 4.2% 4.6% 5,671
July
2015
5.3% 4.3% 4.7% 5,830

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.