Department of Numbers

Virginia Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Virginia rose 0.1 percentage points in November 2017 to 3.7%. The state unemployment rate was 0.4 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 3.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in October 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Virginia unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Virginia 3.7% +0.1 -0.4

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

Unemployment Rate: Virginia, National

Virginia monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to November 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 146,572 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 157,562 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,564. Virginia job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Virginia 159,126 +1,564 -15,779

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployed
December 2017 4.1%
November 2017 4.1% 3.7% 159,126
October 2017 4.1% 3.6% 157,562
September 2017 4.2% 3.7% 159,586
August 2017 4.4% 3.8% 162,184
July 2017 4.3% 3.8% 162,046
June 2017 4.3% 3.7% 161,316
May 2017 4.3% 3.8% 161,763
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