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Richmond, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Richmond rose 0.2 percentage points in May 2014 to 5.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Richmond peaked in December 2009 at 8.4% and is now 2.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.2% in February 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Richmond unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.3% 0.0 -1.2
Virginia 5.1% +0.2 -0.5
Richmond 5.5% +0.2 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2014 data as June 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 January 2010 at 53,987. There are now 15,539 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 35,807 in February 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,641. Richmond employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Richmond, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Richmond 38,448 +1,441 -2,132

Number of Unemployed Persons

Richmond, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Richmond
Unemployment Rate
Richmond
Unemployed
June
2014
6.1% 5.3%
May
2014
6.3% 5.1% 5.5% 38,448
April
2014
6.3% 4.9% 5.3% 37,007
March
2014
6.7% 4.9% 5.3% 36,703
February
2014
6.7% 4.9% 5.2% 35,807
January
2014
6.6% 5.0% 5.3% 36,044
December
2013
6.7% 5.2% 5.4% 36,647
November
2013
7.0% 5.3% 5.5% 37,284
October
2013
7.2% 5.4% 5.6% 37,992
September
2013
7.2% 5.5% 5.7% 38,715
August
2013
7.2% 5.6% 5.8% 39,393
July
2013
7.3% 5.7% 5.9% 39,906
June
2013
7.5% 5.7% 6.0% 40,262

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.