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Richmond, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Richmond fell 0.0 percentage points in July 2019 to 3.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Richmond peaked in January 2010 at 8.4% and is now 5.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.0% in August 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Richmond unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Virginia 2.9% 0.0 0.0
Richmond 3.0% 0.0 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 data as August 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 52,139. There are now 31,686 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 20,000 in October 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 453. Richmond employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Richmond, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Richmond 20,453 -141 -334

Number of Unemployed Persons

Richmond, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Richmond
Unemployment Rate
Richmond
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 2.8%
July
2019
3.7% 2.9% 3.0% 20,453
June
2019
3.7% 2.9% 3.0% 20,594
May
2019
3.6% 3.0% 3.1% 20,780
April
2019
3.6% 2.9% 3.0% 20,686
March
2019
3.8% 2.9% 3.1% 20,759
February
2019
3.8% 2.9% 3.0% 20,507
January
2019
4.0% 2.8% 3.0% 20,237
December
2018
3.9% 2.8% 3.0% 20,140
November
2018
3.7% 2.8% 3.0% 20,081
October
2018
3.8% 2.8% 3.0% 20,000

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.