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Richmond, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Richmond rose 0.2 percentage points in May 2015 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 January 2010 at 8.4% and is now 3.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.9% in January 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Richmond unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% +0.1 -0.8
Virginia 4.9% +0.1 -0.3
Richmond 5.3% +0.2 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1

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 17,996 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 2,602. Richmond employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Richmond, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Richmond 34,490 +1,390 -2,386

Number of Unemployed Persons

Richmond, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Richmond
Unemployment Rate
Richmond
Unemployed
May
2015
5.5% 4.9% 5.3% 34,490
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
July
2014
6.2% 5.1% 5.5% 36,393
June
2014
6.1% 5.2% 5.5% 36,519

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.