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Richmond, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Richmond rose 0.1 percentage points in March 2016 to 4.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Richmond peaked in January 2010 at 8.4% and is now 4.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.0% in February 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Richmond unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% +0.1 -0.5
Virginia 4.0% -0.1 -0.7
Richmond 4.1% +0.1 -0.8
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 February 2010 at 52,315. There are now 25,059 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 26,796 in February 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 460. Richmond employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Richmond, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Richmond 27,256 +460 -5,238

Number of Unemployed Persons

Richmond, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Richmond
Unemployment Rate
Richmond
Unemployed
March
2016
5.0% 4.0% 4.1% 27,256
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
May
2015
5.5% 4.5% 4.9% 32,109
April
2015
5.4% 4.6% 4.9% 32,483

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.