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Richmond, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Richmond fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2022 to 3.1%. 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 April 2020 at 11.7% and is now 8.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare Richmond unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
Virginia 3.0% 0.0 -1.3
Richmond 3.1% -0.1 -1.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 80,609. There are now 59,780 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Richmond employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Richmond, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Richmond 20,829 -487 -9,980

Number of Unemployed Persons

Richmond, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Richmond
Unemployment Rate
Richmond
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 3.0% 3.1% 20,829
March
2022
3.6% 3.0% 3.2% 21,316
February
2022
3.8% 3.2% 3.4% 22,359
January
2022
4.0% 3.3% 3.5% 23,453
December
2021
3.9% 3.3% 3.6% 24,114
November
2021
4.2% 3.3% 3.6% 23,980
October
2021
4.6% 3.4% 3.6% 24,039
September
2021
4.7% 3.4% 3.7% 24,852
August
2021
5.2% 3.6% 3.9% 26,046
July
2021
5.4% 3.8% 4.1% 27,443
June
2021
5.9% 4.0% 4.3% 28,801

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.