Department of Numbers

Virginia Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Virginia rose 0.3 percentage points in August 2014 to 5.6%. The state unemployment rate was 0.5 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 1.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.9% in February 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also see Virginia unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate August 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.1% -0.1 -1.1
Virginia 5.6% +0.3 0.0

Unemployment Rate: Virginia, National

Virginia monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to August 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 67,246 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 209,633 in February 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 28,048. Virginia job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Virginia 237,681 +7,674 -1,455

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployed
August 2014 6.1% 5.6% 237,681
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 6.3% 4.9% 211,678
March 2014 6.7% 4.9% 212,890
February 2014 6.7% 4.9% 209,633
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