Department of Numbers

Virginia Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Virginia fell 0.1 percentage points in July 2015 to 4.8%. The state unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Virginia peaked in January 2010 at 7.4% and is now 2.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.7% in January 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Virginia unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate July 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.3% 0.0 -0.9
Virginia 4.8% -0.1 -0.3

Unemployment Rate: Virginia, National

Virginia monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to July 2015

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Virginia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Virginia peaked in February 2010 at 305,698. There are now 102,969 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 199,110 in January 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,619. Virginia job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Virginia 202,729 -4,741 -13,148

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Virginia from 1990 to July 2015

Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployed
July 2015 5.3% 4.8% 202,729
June 2015 5.3% 4.9% 207,470
May 2015 5.5% 4.9% 209,234
April 2015 5.4% 4.8% 204,911
March 2015 5.5% 4.8% 202,767
February 2015 5.5% 4.7% 199,391
January 2015 5.7% 4.7% 199,110
December 2014 5.6% 4.8% 202,798
November 2014 5.8% 4.8% 204,518
October 2014 5.7% 4.9% 206,977
September 2014 5.9% 5.0% 209,732
August 2014 6.1% 5.0% 212,685