Department of Numbers

Virginia Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Virginia fell 0.2 percentage points in December 2014 to 4.8%. The state unemployment rate was 0.8 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 2.6 percentage points lower. You can also see Virginia unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
Virginia 4.8% -0.2 -0.4

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

Unemployment Rate: Virginia, National

Virginia monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 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 101,079 fewer people unemployed in the state. Virginia job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Virginia 203,848 -9,190 -14,917

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployed
January 2015 5.7%
December 2014 5.6% 4.8% 203,848
November 2014 5.8% 5.0% 213,038
October 2014 5.7% 5.3% 226,905
September 2014 5.9% 5.5% 234,170
August 2014 6.1% 5.5% 237,252
July 2014 6.2% 5.3% 230,007
June 2014 6.1% 5.3% 227,221
May 2014 6.3% 5.1% 222,705
April 2014 6.2% 4.9% 211,678
March 2014 6.6% 4.9% 212,890
February 2014 6.7% 4.9% 209,633