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Lynchburg, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lynchburg rose 0.1 percentage points in August 2017 to 4.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points higher than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Lynchburg peaked in December 2009 at 8.3% and is now 3.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in March 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Lynchburg unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% +0.1 -0.5
Virginia 3.8% 0.0 -0.3
Lynchburg 4.5% +0.1 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2017 data as September 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 4,972 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,050 in March 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 406. Lynchburg employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lynchburg, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Lynchburg 5,456 +15 -202

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lynchburg, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Lynchburg
Unemployment Rate
Lynchburg
Unemployed
September
2017
4.2% 3.7%
August
2017
4.4% 3.8% 4.5% 5,456
July
2017
4.3% 3.8% 4.4% 5,441
June
2017
4.4% 3.7% 4.4% 5,438
May
2017
4.3% 3.8% 4.4% 5,363
April
2017
4.4% 3.8% 4.3% 5,279
March
2017
4.5% 3.8% 4.1% 5,050
February
2017
4.7% 3.9% 4.2% 5,158
January
2017
4.8% 4.0% 4.4% 5,386
December
2016
4.7% 4.1% 4.6% 5,598
November
2016
4.6% 4.1% 4.6% 5,611
October
2016
4.8% 4.1% 4.7% 5,683

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.