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Richmond, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Richmond fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2014 to 5.3%. 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 3.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare Richmond unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% +0.1 -1.0
Virginia 4.9% -0.1 -0.7
Richmond 5.3% -0.1 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2014 data as March 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 54,212. There are now 18,212 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Richmond employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Richmond, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Richmond 36,000 -162 -4,652

Number of Unemployed Persons

Richmond, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Richmond
Unemployment Rate
Richmond
Unemployed
March
2014
6.7% 5.0%
February
2014
6.7% 4.9% 5.3% 36,000
January
2014
6.6% 5.0% 5.4% 36,162
December
2013
6.7% 5.2% 5.5% 36,933
November
2013
7.0% 5.3% 5.7% 38,073
October
2013
7.2% 5.4% 5.9% 39,119
September
2013
7.2% 5.5% 5.8% 39,078
August
2013
7.2% 5.6% 6.0% 39,876
July
2013
7.3% 5.7% 6.0% 40,276
June
2013
7.5% 5.7% 6.0% 39,863
May
2013
7.5% 5.6% 5.9% 39,227
April
2013
7.5% 5.6% 5.8% 38,399
March
2013
7.5% 5.6% 5.9% 39,114

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.