Department of Numbers

Virginia Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Virginia fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2016 to 3.9%. The state unemployment rate was 1.1 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 3.5 percentage points lower. You can also see Virginia unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate April 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.4
Virginia 3.9% -0.1 -0.7

Unemployment Rate: Virginia, National

Virginia monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to April 2016

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Virginia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Virginia peaked in February 2010 at 305,698. There are now 140,375 fewer people unemployed in the state. Virginia job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Virginia 165,323 -5,957 -29,508

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Virginia from 1990 to April 2016

Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployed
April 2016 5.0% 3.9% 165,323
March 2016 5.0% 4.0% 171,280
February 2016 4.9% 4.1% 172,335
January 2016 4.9% 4.1% 175,474
December 2015 5.0% 4.2% 176,633
November 2015 5.0% 4.2% 176,169
October 2015 5.0% 4.2% 176,354
September 2015 5.1% 4.2% 176,993
August 2015 5.1% 4.2% 178,506
July 2015 5.3% 4.3% 181,381
June 2015 5.3% 4.4% 185,549
May 2015 5.5% 4.5% 190,309