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Richmond, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Richmond fell 0.2 percentage points in April 2016 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Richmond peaked in January 2010 at 8.4% and is now 4.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Richmond unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.4
Virginia 3.9% -0.1 -0.7
Richmond 3.9% -0.2 -1.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2016 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 26,619 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Richmond employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Richmond, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Richmond 25,696 -1,497 -6,787

Number of Unemployed Persons

Richmond, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Richmond
Unemployment Rate
Richmond
Unemployed
May
2016
4.7% 3.8%
April
2016
5.0% 3.9% 3.9% 25,696
March
2016
5.0% 4.0% 4.1% 27,193
February
2016
4.9% 4.1% 4.0% 26,796
January
2016
4.9% 4.1% 4.1% 27,679
December
2015
5.0% 4.2% 4.2% 28,400
November
2015
5.0% 4.2% 4.3% 28,557
October
2015
5.0% 4.2% 4.3% 28,609
September
2015
5.1% 4.2% 4.3% 28,604
August
2015
5.1% 4.2% 4.4% 28,964
July
2015
5.3% 4.3% 4.5% 29,815
June
2015
5.3% 4.4% 4.7% 30,975

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.