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Richmond, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Richmond fell 0.1 percentage points in June 2015 to 5.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Richmond peaked in January 2010 at 8.4% and is now 3.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.9% in January 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Richmond unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate June 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.3% -0.2 -0.8
Virginia 4.9% 0.0 -0.3
Richmond 5.2% -0.1 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with June 2015 data as July metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Richmond, Virginia, National

Richmond, Virginia monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Richmond, Virginia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Richmond peaked in March 2010 at 52,486. There are now 18,835 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 31,888 in January 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,763. Richmond employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Richmond, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons June 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Richmond 33,651 -781 -2,868

Number of Unemployed Persons

Richmond, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Richmond
Unemployment Rate
Richmond
Unemployed
July
2015
5.3% 4.8%
June
2015
5.3% 4.9% 5.2% 33,651
May
2015
5.5% 4.9% 5.3% 34,432
April
2015
5.4% 4.8% 5.1% 33,100
March
2015
5.5% 4.8% 5.1% 32,932
February
2015
5.5% 4.7% 5.0% 32,525
January
2015
5.7% 4.7% 4.9% 31,888
December
2014
5.6% 4.8% 5.0% 32,641
November
2014
5.8% 4.8% 5.1% 33,312
October
2014
5.7% 4.9% 5.2% 33,847
September
2014
5.9% 5.0% 5.3% 34,724
August
2014
6.1% 5.0% 5.5% 35,883

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.