Oct 29, 2015
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By Mayor Tom Butt,

For decades, Richmond’s unemployment rate has hovered several percentage points above national, state and county average (See here).

For the first time ever, Richmond has beat that trend. With a 5.1-percent unemployment rate in September 2015, Richmond is tied with the US average of 5.1-percent and is below the state average of 5.9-percent.

With the exception of December 1999, when Richmond’s rate was 4.9-percent and December of 2000 when it was 5.0-percent, the current unemployment rate is thought to be the lowest since WWII.

— This post, including the chart below, first appeared in Mayor Tom Butt’s e-forum newsletter. The photo was snapped by his chief of staff, Terrance Cheung.



About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.