Department of Numbers

Virginia Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Virginia fell 0.1 percentage points in January 2017 to 4.0%. The state unemployment rate was 0.8 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 3.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.0% in January 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Virginia unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% +0.1 -0.1
Virginia 4.0% -0.1 0.0

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

Unemployment Rate: Virginia, National

Virginia monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 2017

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Virginia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Virginia peaked in February 2010 at 305,698. There are now 134,128 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 167,689 in April 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,881. Virginia job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Virginia 171,570 -2,703 +1,539

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Virginia from 1990 to January 2017

Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployed
February 2017 4.7%
January 2017 4.8% 4.0% 171,570
December 2016 4.7% 4.1% 174,273
November 2016 4.6% 4.1% 174,905
October 2016 4.8% 4.1% 174,951
September 2016 4.9% 4.1% 174,613
August 2016 4.9% 4.1% 173,639
July 2016 4.9% 4.1% 172,123
June 2016 4.9% 4.0% 170,277
May 2016 4.7% 4.0% 168,594
April 2016 5.0% 4.0% 167,689
March 2016 5.0% 4.0% 167,795