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Lynchburg, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lynchburg fell 0.0 percentage points in March 2016 to 4.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Lynchburg peaked in December 2009 at 8.3% and is now 3.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% in February 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Lynchburg unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% +0.1 -0.5
Virginia 4.0% -0.1 -0.7
Lynchburg 4.4% 0.0 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2016 data as April 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 5,086 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,288 in February 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 54. Lynchburg employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lynchburg, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Lynchburg 5,342 +54 -1,062

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lynchburg, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Lynchburg
Unemployment Rate
Lynchburg
Unemployed
April
2016
5.0% 3.9%
March
2016
5.0% 4.0% 4.4% 5,342
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
June
2015
5.3% 4.4% 5.0% 6,127
May
2015
5.5% 4.5% 5.2% 6,370

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.