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Harrisonburg, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Harrisonburg fell 0.1 percentage points in October 2019 to 2.5%. 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 January 2010 at 7.8% and is now 5.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Harrisonburg unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% +0.1 -0.2
Virginia 2.6% -0.1 -0.2
Harrisonburg 2.5% -0.1 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2019 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 January 2010 at 4,896. There are now 3,200 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Harrisonburg employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Harrisonburg, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Harrisonburg 1,696 -47 -151

Number of Unemployed Persons

Harrisonburg, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Harrisonburg
Unemployment Rate
Harrisonburg
Unemployed
November
2019
3.5%
October
2019
3.6% 2.6% 2.5% 1,696
September
2019
3.5% 2.7% 2.6% 1,743
August
2019
3.7% 2.8% 2.7% 1,794
July
2019
3.7% 2.9% 2.8% 1,840
June
2019
3.7% 2.9% 2.8% 1,887
May
2019
3.6% 3.0% 2.9% 1,935
April
2019
3.6% 2.9% 2.9% 1,924
March
2019
3.8% 2.9% 2.9% 1,924
February
2019
3.8% 2.9% 2.9% 1,910
January
2019
4.0% 2.8% 2.8% 1,877
December
2018
3.9% 2.8% 2.8% 1,857

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.