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Lynchburg, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lynchburg fell 1.9 percentage points in May 2020 to 8.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Lynchburg peaked in April 2020 at 10.6% and is now 1.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Lynchburg unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Virginia 9.0% -2.2 +6.2
Lynchburg 8.7% -1.9 +5.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 2,404 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Lynchburg employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lynchburg, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Lynchburg 10,256 -2,404 +6,225

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lynchburg, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Lynchburg
Unemployment Rate
Lynchburg
Unemployed
July
2020
10.2%
June
2020
11.1% 8.4%
May
2020
13.3% 9.0% 8.7% 10,256
April
2020
14.7% 11.2% 10.6% 12,660
March
2020
4.4% 3.3% 3.9% 4,829
February
2020
3.5% 2.6% 3.1% 3,879
January
2020
3.6% 2.7% 3.2% 3,926
December
2019
3.5% 2.7% 3.2% 3,919
November
2019
3.5% 2.7% 3.2% 3,918
October
2019
3.6% 2.7% 3.2% 3,924
September
2019
3.5% 2.7% 3.2% 3,931
August
2019
3.7% 2.7% 3.2% 3,939

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.