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Lynchburg, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lynchburg rose 0.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 5.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Lynchburg peaked in April 2020 at 10.6% and is now 5.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.0% in November 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Lynchburg unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Virginia 5.2% -0.1 +2.7
Lynchburg 5.2% +0.1 +2.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Lynchburg, Virginia, National

Lynchburg, Virginia monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Lynchburg, Virginia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Lynchburg peaked in April 2020 at 12,660. There are now 6,600 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,845 in November 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 215. Lynchburg employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lynchburg, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Lynchburg 6,060 +83 +2,181

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lynchburg, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Lynchburg
Unemployment Rate
Lynchburg
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 5.2% 5.2% 6,060
January
2021
6.3% 5.3% 5.1% 5,977
December
2020
6.7% 5.6% 5.0% 5,861
November
2020
6.7% 5.8% 5.0% 5,845
October
2020
6.9% 6.1% 5.1% 5,949
September
2020
7.8% 6.6% 6.1% 7,005
August
2020
8.4% 7.0% 5.9% 7,023
July
2020
10.2% 7.9% 7.3% 8,829
June
2020
11.1% 8.8% 7.5% 8,883
May
2020
13.3% 8.5% 8.3% 9,878
April
2020
14.8% 11.3% 10.6% 12,660

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.