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Harrisonburg, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Harrisonburg fell 0.0 percentage points in September 2022 to 2.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Harrisonburg peaked in April 2020 at 11.2% and is now 8.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.6% in March 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Harrisonburg unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Virginia 2.6% 0.0 -0.8
Harrisonburg 2.7% 0.0 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Harrisonburg, Virginia, National

Harrisonburg, Virginia monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Harrisonburg, Virginia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Harrisonburg peaked in April 2020 at 7,371. There are now 5,584 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,703 in June 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 84. Harrisonburg employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Harrisonburg, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Harrisonburg 1,787 +19 -227

Number of Unemployed Persons

Harrisonburg, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Harrisonburg
Unemployment Rate
Harrisonburg
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 2.6% 2.7% 1,787
August
2022
3.7% 2.6% 2.7% 1,768
July
2022
3.5% 2.7% 2.6% 1,708
June
2022
3.6% 2.8% 2.6% 1,703
May
2022
3.6% 3.0% 2.6% 1,719
April
2022
3.6% 3.0% 2.6% 1,723
March
2022
3.6% 3.0% 2.6% 1,745
February
2022
3.8% 3.2% 2.8% 1,827
January
2022
4.0% 3.3% 2.9% 1,902
December
2021
3.9% 3.3% 2.9% 1,946
November
2021
4.2% 3.3% 2.9% 1,944

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.