Department of Numbers

Virginia Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Virginia fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2016 to 4.1%. The state unemployment rate was 0.6 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 3.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in May 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also see Virginia unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% +0.1 -0.3
Virginia 4.1% -0.1 -0.1

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 2016

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Virginia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Virginia peaked in February 2010 at 305,698. There are now 128,443 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 154,491 in June 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 22,764. Virginia job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Virginia 177,255 -1,358 +622

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Virginia from 1990 to December 2016

Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployed
January 2017 4.8%
December 2016 4.7% 4.1% 177,255
November 2016 4.6% 4.2% 178,613
October 2016 4.8% 4.1% 175,861
September 2016 4.9% 4.0% 168,437
August 2016 4.9% 3.9% 162,418
July 2016 4.9% 3.7% 156,740
June 2016 4.9% 3.7% 154,491
May 2016 4.7% 3.7% 157,945
April 2016 5.0% 3.9% 165,122
March 2016 5.0% 4.0% 171,280
February 2016 4.9% 4.1% 172,335