Department of Numbers

Virginia Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Virginia fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2017 to 3.8%. The state unemployment rate was 0.5 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 3.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.8% in March 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Virginia unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.3% -0.1 -0.4
Virginia 3.8% 0.0 -0.2

Unemployment Rate: Virginia, National

Virginia monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 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 143,824 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 161,071 in March 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 803. Virginia job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Virginia 161,874 +196 -6,720

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployed
May 2017 4.3% 3.8% 161,874
April 2017 4.4% 3.8% 161,678
March 2017 4.5% 3.8% 161,071
February 2017 4.7% 3.9% 165,556
January 2017 4.8% 4.0% 171,454
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