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Harrisonburg, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Harrisonburg fell 0.1 percentage points in March 2021 to 4.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Harrisonburg peaked in April 2020 at 10.9% and is now 6.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.9% in November 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also compare Harrisonburg unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.0% -0.2 +1.6
Virginia 5.1% -0.1 +2.5
Harrisonburg 4.6% -0.1 +1.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2021 data as April 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 7,091. There are now 4,165 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,466 in November 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 460. Harrisonburg employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Harrisonburg, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Harrisonburg 2,926 -47 +721

Number of Unemployed Persons

Harrisonburg, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Harrisonburg
Unemployment Rate
Harrisonburg
Unemployed
April
2021
6.1%
March
2021
6.0% 5.1% 4.6% 2,926
February
2021
6.2% 5.2% 4.7% 2,973
January
2021
6.3% 5.3% 4.8% 3,036
December
2020
6.7% 5.6% 4.2% 2,720
November
2020
6.7% 5.8% 3.9% 2,466
October
2020
6.9% 6.1% 4.0% 2,511
September
2020
7.8% 6.6% 4.8% 3,046
August
2020
8.4% 7.0% 4.8% 3,080
July
2020
10.2% 7.9% 6.5% 4,085
June
2020
11.1% 8.8% 7.4% 4,683
May
2020
13.3% 8.5% 8.9% 5,720

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.