Department of Numbers

Harrisonburg, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Harrisonburg fell 1.7 percentage points in August 2020 to 4.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.3 percentage points lower than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Harrisonburg peaked in April 2020 at 10.9% and is now 6.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare Harrisonburg unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 8.4% -1.8 +4.7
Virginia 6.1% -1.8 +3.4
Harrisonburg 4.8% -1.7 +2.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2020 data as September 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 4,017 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Harrisonburg employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Harrisonburg, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Harrisonburg 3,074 -1,011 +1,329

Number of Unemployed Persons

Harrisonburg, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Harrisonburg
Unemployment Rate
Harrisonburg
Unemployed
September
2020
7.9%
August
2020
8.4% 6.1% 4.8% 3,074
July
2020
10.2% 7.9% 6.5% 4,085
June
2020
11.1% 8.1% 7.4% 4,683
May
2020
13.3% 9.0% 8.9% 5,720
April
2020
14.7% 11.2% 10.9% 7,091
March
2020
4.4% 3.3% 3.3% 2,205
February
2020
3.5% 2.6% 2.5% 1,688
January
2020
3.6% 2.7% 2.5% 1,724
December
2019
3.5% 2.7% 2.5% 1,686
November
2019
3.5% 2.7% 2.5% 1,694
October
2019
3.6% 2.7% 2.5% 1,709

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.