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Lynchburg, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lynchburg rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 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 3.2% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Lynchburg 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
Lynchburg 3.3% +0.1 -0.9
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: 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 6,301 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,011 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 143. Lynchburg employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lynchburg, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Lynchburg 4,154 +143 -972

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lynchburg, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Lynchburg
Unemployment Rate
Lynchburg
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 2.9% 3.3% 4,154
September
2018
3.7% 2.9% 3.2% 4,011
August
2018
3.9% 3.0% 3.3% 4,153
July
2018
3.9% 3.1% 3.4% 4,159
June
2018
4.0% 3.2% 3.5% 4,381
May
2018
3.8% 3.2% 3.4% 4,210
April
2018
3.9% 3.3% 3.6% 4,424
March
2018
4.1% 3.4% 3.7% 4,528
February
2018
4.1% 3.5% 3.7% 4,540
January
2018
4.1% 3.6% 4.0% 4,948
December
2017
4.1% 3.6% 4.2% 5,086

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.