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Lynchburg, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lynchburg rose 0.3 percentage points in May 2015 to 5.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Lynchburg peaked in February 2010 at 8.4% and is now 2.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.0% in January 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Lynchburg unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% +0.1 -0.8
Virginia 4.9% +0.1 -0.3
Lynchburg 5.5% +0.3 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2015 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 10,473. There are now 3,607 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 6,165 in January 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 701. Lynchburg employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lynchburg, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Lynchburg 6,866 +434 -308

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lynchburg, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Lynchburg
Unemployment Rate
Lynchburg
Unemployed
June
2015
5.3% 4.9%
May
2015
5.5% 4.9% 5.5% 6,866
April
2015
5.4% 4.8% 5.2% 6,432
March
2015
5.5% 4.8% 5.2% 6,454
February
2015
5.5% 4.7% 5.1% 6,421
January
2015
5.7% 4.7% 5.0% 6,165
December
2014
5.6% 4.8% 5.1% 6,281
November
2014
5.8% 4.8% 5.2% 6,451
October
2014
5.7% 4.9% 5.3% 6,618
September
2014
5.9% 5.0% 5.5% 6,813
August
2014
6.1% 5.0% 5.6% 7,028
July
2014
6.2% 5.1% 5.7% 7,100

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.