Department of Numbers

Virginia Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Virginia fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2014 to 4.9%. The state unemployment rate was 1.8 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Virginia peaked in December 2009 at 7.4% and is now 2.5 percentage points lower. You can also see Virginia unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% +0.1 -1.0
Virginia 4.9% -0.1 -0.7

Note: All comparisons are made with February data as March state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Virginia, National

Virginia monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to February 2014

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Virginia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Virginia peaked in February 2010 at 304,927. There are now 94,741 fewer people unemployed in the state. Virginia job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Virginia 210,186 -2,786 -28,041

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Virginia from 1990 to February 2014

Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployed
March 2014 6.7%
February 2014 6.7% 4.9% 210,186
January 2014 6.6% 5.0% 212,972
December 2013 6.7% 5.2% 218,765
November 2013 7.0% 5.3% 223,904
October 2013 7.2% 5.4% 229,402
September 2013 7.2% 5.5% 234,754
August 2013 7.2% 5.6% 239,136
July 2013 7.3% 5.7% 241,017
June 2013 7.5% 5.7% 240,280
May 2013 7.5% 5.6% 238,506
April 2013 7.5% 5.6% 237,298
March 2013 7.5% 5.6% 237,276