Department of Numbers

Harrisonburg, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Harrisonburg fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2018 to 2.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Harrisonburg peaked in February 2010 at 7.9% and is now 5.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.7% in July 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Harrisonburg unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Virginia 2.9% 0.0 -0.7
Harrisonburg 2.8% 0.0 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 3,081 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 108. Harrisonburg employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Harrisonburg, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Harrisonburg 1,864 +28 -470

Number of Unemployed Persons

Harrisonburg, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Harrisonburg
Unemployment Rate
Harrisonburg
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 2.9% 2.8% 1,864
September
2018
3.7% 2.9% 2.8% 1,836
August
2018
3.9% 3.0% 2.8% 1,845
July
2018
3.9% 3.1% 2.7% 1,756
June
2018
4.0% 3.2% 2.9% 1,930
May
2018
3.8% 3.2% 2.9% 1,921
April
2018
3.9% 3.3% 3.3% 2,162
March
2018
4.1% 3.4% 3.2% 2,118
February
2018
4.1% 3.5% 3.2% 2,105
January
2018
4.1% 3.6% 3.5% 2,270
December
2017
4.1% 3.6% 3.5% 2,339

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.