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Harrisonburg, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Harrisonburg fell 0.2 percentage points in July 2021 to 3.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Harrisonburg peaked in April 2020 at 11.0% and is now 7.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Harrisonburg unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Virginia 4.2% -0.1 -3.7
Harrisonburg 3.6% -0.2 -2.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 7,282. There are now 4,934 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Harrisonburg employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Harrisonburg, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Harrisonburg 2,348 -96 -1,793

Number of Unemployed Persons

Harrisonburg, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Harrisonburg
Unemployment Rate
Harrisonburg
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 4.2% 3.6% 2,348
June
2021
5.9% 4.3% 3.8% 2,444
May
2021
5.8% 4.5% 3.9% 2,488
April
2021
6.1% 4.7% 4.0% 2,548
March
2021
6.0% 5.1% 4.0% 2,599
February
2021
6.2% 5.2% 4.0% 2,572
January
2021
6.3% 5.3% 4.0% 2,547
December
2020
6.7% 5.6% 4.8% 3,105
November
2020
6.7% 5.8% 4.1% 2,673
October
2020
6.9% 6.1% 4.4% 2,860
September
2020
7.8% 6.6% 4.8% 3,125

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.