Department of Numbers

Richmond, Virginia Job Growth

There were 661,600 jobs in Richmond, Virginia in November 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 631,397 employed persons for the month. Richmond added 6,000 jobs in November 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 7,001 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Richmond job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 661,600 +6,000 -30,300
CPS 631,397 +7,001 -43,711

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 697,200. Since then 35,600 jobs have been lost in Richmond according to the employer survey. From a trough of 620,400 in April 2020, Richmond has gained 41,200 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 678,372 for Richmond in February 2020. 46,975 jobs have been lost in Richmond since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 591,990, Richmond has added 39,407 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2020

Richmond, Virginia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2020 661,600 6,000 631,397 7,001
October 2020 655,600 1,100 624,396 2,042
September 2020 654,500 4,000 622,354 -7,297
August 2020 650,500 10,700 629,651 17,802
July 2020 639,800 7,200 611,849 3,326
June 2020 632,600 9,900 608,523 2,559
May 2020 622,700 2,300 605,964 13,974
April 2020 620,400 -69,100 591,990 -73,529
March 2020 689,500 -7,700 665,519 -12,853
February 2020 697,200 1,400 678,372 2,633
January 2020 695,800 2,400 675,739 -464
December 2019 693,400 1,500 676,203 1,095