Department of Numbers

Virginia Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Virginia rose 0.1 percentage points in December 2015 to 4.2%. 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 3.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in November 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Virginia unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Virginia 4.2% +0.1 -0.6

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 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 129,270 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 175,238 in November 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,190. Virginia job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Virginia 176,428 +1,190 -26,370

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployed
January 2016 4.9%
December 2015 5.0% 4.2% 176,428
November 2015 5.0% 4.1% 175,238
October 2015 5.0% 4.2% 177,249
September 2015 5.1% 4.3% 182,137
August 2015 5.1% 4.5% 192,026
July 2015 5.3% 4.8% 202,208
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