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Richmond, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Richmond rose 0.2 percentage points in April 2017 to 4.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Richmond peaked in January 2010 at 8.4% and is now 4.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.8% in March 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Richmond unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% -0.1 -0.6
Virginia 3.8% 0.0 -0.2
Richmond 4.0% +0.2 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2017 data as May 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 February 2010 at 52,315. There are now 25,131 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 25,780 in March 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,404. Richmond employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Richmond, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Richmond 27,184 +1,404 +51

Number of Unemployed Persons

Richmond, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Richmond
Unemployment Rate
Richmond
Unemployed
May
2017
4.3% 3.8%
April
2017
4.4% 3.8% 4.0% 27,184
March
2017
4.5% 3.8% 3.8% 25,780
February
2017
4.7% 3.9% 3.9% 26,171
January
2017
4.8% 4.0% 4.0% 26,866
December
2016
4.7% 4.1% 4.2% 27,701
November
2016
4.6% 4.1% 4.2% 27,735
October
2016
4.8% 4.1% 4.2% 28,068
September
2016
4.9% 4.1% 4.2% 28,149
August
2016
4.9% 4.1% 4.2% 27,668
July
2016
4.9% 4.1% 4.1% 27,330
June
2016
4.9% 4.0% 4.1% 27,018

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.