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Lynchburg, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lynchburg fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2017 to 4.2%. 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 4.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.0% in May 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Lynchburg unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.1 -0.2
Virginia 3.9% -0.1 -0.1
Lynchburg 4.2% -0.2 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2017 data as March 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 5,289 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,867 in May 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 272. Lynchburg employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lynchburg, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Lynchburg 5,139 -244 -149

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lynchburg, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Lynchburg
Unemployment Rate
Lynchburg
Unemployed
March
2017
4.5% 3.8%
February
2017
4.7% 3.9% 4.2% 5,139
January
2017
4.8% 4.0% 4.4% 5,383
December
2016
4.7% 4.1% 4.6% 5,668
November
2016
4.6% 4.1% 4.8% 5,872
October
2016
4.8% 4.1% 4.9% 5,906
September
2016
4.9% 4.1% 4.6% 5,598
August
2016
4.9% 4.1% 4.5% 5,498
July
2016
4.9% 4.1% 4.4% 5,350
June
2016
4.9% 4.0% 4.2% 5,108
May
2016
4.7% 4.0% 4.0% 4,867
April
2016
5.0% 4.0% 4.1% 4,952

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.