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Richmond, Virginia Job Growth

There were 650,400 jobs in Richmond, Virginia in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 616,090 employed persons for the month. Richmond lost 1,300 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 986 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Richmond job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 650,400 -1,300 -41,500
CPS 616,090 +986 -62,282

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Richmond, Virginia Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Richmond as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment for Richmond, Virginia

CES employment for Richmond peaked in February 2020 at 691,900. Since then 41,500 jobs have been lost in Richmond according to the employer survey. From a trough of 613,500 in April 2020, Richmond has gained 36,900 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 678,372 for Richmond in February 2020. 62,282 jobs have been lost in Richmond since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 591,990, Richmond has added 24,100 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Richmond, Virginia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 650,400 -1,300 616,090 986
January 2021 651,700 300 615,104 -14,168
December 2020 651,400 -400 629,272 2,208
November 2020 651,800 2,900 627,064 2,668
October 2020 648,900 -1,900 624,396 2,042
September 2020 650,800 3,500 622,354 -7,297
August 2020 647,300 8,000 629,651 17,802
July 2020 639,300 10,900 611,849 3,326
June 2020 628,400 11,100 608,523 2,559
May 2020 617,300 3,800 605,964 13,974
April 2020 613,500 -75,700 591,990 -73,529
March 2020 689,200 -2,700 665,519 -12,853