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Richmond, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Richmond fell 0.6 percentage points in November 2020 to 5.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Richmond peaked in April 2020 at 11.7% and is now 6.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Richmond unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Virginia 4.9% -0.3 +2.2
Richmond 5.2% -0.6 +2.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 data as December 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 April 2020 at 78,089. There are now 43,239 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Richmond employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Richmond, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Richmond 34,850 -3,561 +15,480

Number of Unemployed Persons

Richmond, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Richmond
Unemployment Rate
Richmond
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 4.9% 5.2% 34,850
October
2020
6.9% 5.2% 5.8% 38,411
September
2020
7.8% 6.2% 6.9% 46,039
August
2020
8.4% 6.1% 6.9% 46,360
July
2020
10.2% 7.9% 8.9% 59,523
June
2020
11.1% 8.1% 8.9% 59,553
May
2020
13.3% 9.0% 9.7% 65,011
April
2020
14.8% 11.2% 11.7% 78,089
March
2020
4.4% 3.3% 3.5% 24,186
February
2020
3.5% 2.6% 2.8% 19,344
January
2020
3.5% 2.7% 2.8% 19,590

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.