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Lynchburg, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lynchburg rose 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Lynchburg peaked in December 2009 at 8.3% and is now 5.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in December 2018, 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 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Virginia 2.9% +0.1 -0.3
Lynchburg 3.3% +0.1 -0.4
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: 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 February 2010 at 10,455. There are now 6,385 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,910 in December 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 160. Lynchburg employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lynchburg, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Lynchburg 4,070 +156 -470

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lynchburg, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Lynchburg
Unemployment Rate
Lynchburg
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 2.9%
February
2019
3.8% 2.9% 3.3% 4,070
January
2019
4.0% 2.8% 3.2% 3,914
December
2018
3.9% 2.8% 3.1% 3,910
November
2018
3.7% 2.8% 3.3% 4,161
October
2018
3.8% 2.8% 3.3% 4,149
September
2018
3.7% 2.8% 3.2% 4,011
August
2018
3.8% 2.8% 3.3% 4,153
July
2018
3.9% 2.9% 3.4% 4,159
June
2018
4.0% 3.0% 3.5% 4,381
May
2018
3.8% 3.0% 3.4% 4,210
April
2018
3.9% 3.1% 3.6% 4,424

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.