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Richmond, Virginia Job Growth

There were 651,500 jobs in Richmond, Virginia in July 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 621,441 employed persons for the month. Richmond added 3,100 jobs in July 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 2,130 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Richmond job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 651,500 +3,100 +12,200
CPS 621,441 +2,130 +2,830

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 40,400 jobs have been lost in Richmond according to the employer survey. From a trough of 613,500 in April 2020, Richmond has gained 38,000 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 680,788 for Richmond in February 2020. 59,347 jobs have been lost in Richmond since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 605,548, Richmond has added 15,893 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through July 2021

Richmond, Virginia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
July 2021 651,500 3,100 621,441 2,130
June 2021 648,400 2,200 619,311 359
May 2021 646,200 -1,000 618,952 -359
April 2021 647,200 -1,800 619,311 -1,041
March 2021 649,000 -1,400 620,352 -696
February 2021 650,400 -1,300 621,048 -933
January 2021 651,700 300 621,981 -571
December 2020 651,400 -400 622,552 -255
November 2020 651,800 2,900 622,807 -499
October 2020 648,900 -1,900 623,306 271
September 2020 650,800 3,500 623,035 -13,341
August 2020 647,300 8,000 636,376 17,765