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Richmond, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Richmond fell 1.8 percentage points in May 2020 to 9.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Richmond peaked in April 2020 at 11.7% and is now 1.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Richmond unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Virginia 9.4% -1.8 +6.6
Richmond 9.9% -1.8 +6.9
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: 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 11,301 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 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Richmond 66,788 -11,301 +46,375

Number of Unemployed Persons

Richmond, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Richmond
Unemployment Rate
Richmond
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 9.4% 9.9% 66,788
April
2020
14.7% 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
3.6% 2.7% 2.8% 19,590
December
2019
3.5% 2.7% 2.8% 19,288
November
2019
3.5% 2.7% 2.8% 19,370
October
2019
3.6% 2.7% 2.8% 19,479
September
2019
3.5% 2.7% 2.8% 19,608
August
2019
3.7% 2.7% 2.9% 19,747
July
2019
3.7% 2.7% 2.9% 19,906

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.