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Harrisonburg, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Harrisonburg rose 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.0%. 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 February 2010 at 7.9% and is now 4.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.7% in July 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Harrisonburg unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Virginia 2.9% +0.1 -0.3
Harrisonburg 3.0% +0.1 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 February 2010 at 4,945. There are now 2,948 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,756 in July 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 241. Harrisonburg employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Harrisonburg, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Harrisonburg 1,997 +77 -108

Number of Unemployed Persons

Harrisonburg, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Harrisonburg
Unemployment Rate
Harrisonburg
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 2.9%
February
2019
3.8% 2.9% 3.0% 1,997
January
2019
4.0% 2.8% 2.9% 1,920
December
2018
3.9% 2.8% 2.8% 1,883
November
2018
3.7% 2.8% 2.9% 1,928
October
2018
3.8% 2.8% 2.8% 1,859
September
2018
3.7% 2.8% 2.8% 1,836
August
2018
3.8% 2.8% 2.8% 1,845
July
2018
3.9% 2.9% 2.7% 1,756
June
2018
4.0% 3.0% 2.9% 1,930
May
2018
3.8% 3.0% 2.9% 1,921
April
2018
3.9% 3.1% 3.3% 2,162

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.