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Richmond, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Richmond fell 0.2 percentage points in May 2018 to 3.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Richmond peaked in January 2010 at 8.4% and is now 5.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Richmond unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.1 -0.5
Virginia 3.2% -0.1 -0.6
Richmond 3.1% -0.2 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2018 data as June metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Richmond, Virginia, National

Richmond, Virginia monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Richmond, Virginia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Richmond peaked in February 2010 at 52,343. There are now 30,991 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Richmond employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Richmond, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Richmond 21,352 -1,324 -5,118

Number of Unemployed Persons

Richmond, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Richmond
Unemployment Rate
Richmond
Unemployed
June
2018
4.0%
May
2018
3.8% 3.2% 3.1% 21,352
April
2018
3.9% 3.3% 3.3% 22,676
March
2018
4.1% 3.4% 3.4% 23,091
February
2018
4.1% 3.5% 3.3% 22,649
January
2018
4.1% 3.6% 3.6% 24,324
December
2017
4.1% 3.6% 3.8% 25,858
November
2017
4.1% 3.6% 3.8% 25,733
October
2017
4.1% 3.6% 3.8% 25,538
September
2017
4.2% 3.6% 3.8% 25,709
August
2017
4.4% 3.7% 3.8% 25,922
July
2017
4.3% 3.7% 3.8% 25,799

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.