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Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Virginia Job Growth

There were 773,600 jobs in Virginia Beach, Virginia in March 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 806,311 employed persons for the month. Virginia Beach lost 3,800 jobs in March 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 975 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Virginia Beach job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 773,600 -3,800 +2,000
CPS 806,311 +975 +9,965

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Virginia Beach, Virginia Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Virginia Beach as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment for Virginia Beach, Virginia

CES employment for Virginia Beach peaked in July 2007 at 781,600. Since then 8,000 jobs have been lost in Virginia Beach according to the employer survey. From a trough of 733,800 in February 2010, Virginia Beach has gained 39,800 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in March 2017 for Virginia Beach is at a new high of 806,311.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through March 2017

Virginia Beach, Virginia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
March 2017 773,600 -3,800 806,311 975
February 2017 777,400 800 805,336 3,334
January 2017 776,600 4,900 802,002 4,500
December 2016 771,700 800 797,502 -1,051
November 2016 770,900 -4,400 798,553 -260
October 2016 775,300 2,100 798,813 1,474
September 2016 773,200 1,100 797,339 780
August 2016 772,100 300 796,559 -327
July 2016 771,800 100 796,886 796
June 2016 771,700 700 796,090 1,427
May 2016 771,000 -1,000 794,663 -379
April 2016 772,000 400 795,042 -1,304