Department of Numbers

Richmond, Virginia Job Growth

There were 619,200 jobs in Richmond, Virginia in April 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 586,734 employed persons for the month. Richmond lost 70,300 jobs in April 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 78,785 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Richmond job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey April 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 619,200 -70,300 -66,800
CPS 586,734 -78,785 -77,640

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 78,000 jobs have been lost in Richmond according to the employer survey.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 678,372 for Richmond in February 2020. 91,638 jobs have been lost in Richmond since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through April 2020

Richmond, Virginia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
April 2020 619,200 -70,300 586,734 -78,785
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
November 2019 691,900 6,300 675,108 1,413
October 2019 685,600 -700 673,695 1,616
September 2019 686,300 1,200 672,079 1,807
August 2019 685,100 -1,600 670,272 1,865
July 2019 686,700 -700 668,407 1,689
June 2019 687,400 1,000 666,718 1,385
May 2019 686,400 400 665,333 959