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Richmond, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Richmond fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2015 to 4.4%. 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 4.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Richmond unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Virginia 4.2% +0.1 -0.6
Richmond 4.4% -0.1 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2015 data as January 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 24,090 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Richmond employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Richmond, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Richmond 28,396 -654 -4,245

Number of Unemployed Persons

Richmond, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Richmond
Unemployment Rate
Richmond
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 4.2% 4.4% 28,396
November
2015
5.0% 4.1% 4.5% 29,050
October
2015
5.0% 4.2% 4.5% 29,322
September
2015
5.1% 4.3% 4.5% 28,623
August
2015
5.1% 4.5% 4.6% 29,647
July
2015
5.3% 4.8% 5.0% 32,296
June
2015
5.3% 4.9% 5.1% 33,480
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

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.