Department of Numbers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Virginia Beach rose 0.1 percentage points in May 2015 to 5.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Virginia Beach peaked in February 2010 at 7.9% and is now 2.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.1% in January 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Virginia Beach unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% +0.1 -0.8
Virginia 4.9% +0.1 -0.3
Virginia Beach 5.5% +0.1 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1

Unemployment Rate: Virginia Beach, Virginia, National

Virginia Beach, Virginia monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Virginia Beach, Virginia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Virginia Beach peaked in March 2010 at 65,796. There are now 19,304 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 43,062 in January 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,430. Virginia Beach employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Virginia Beach, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Virginia Beach 46,492 +1,413 -2,352

Number of Unemployed Persons

Virginia Beach, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Virginia Beach
Unemployment Rate
Virginia Beach
Unemployed
May
2015
5.5% 4.9% 5.5% 46,492
April
2015
5.4% 4.8% 5.4% 45,079
March
2015
5.5% 4.8% 5.3% 44,823
February
2015
5.5% 4.7% 5.2% 44,167
January
2015
5.7% 4.7% 5.1% 43,062
December
2014
5.6% 4.8% 5.2% 43,808
November
2014
5.8% 4.8% 5.3% 44,727
October
2014
5.7% 4.9% 5.4% 45,375
September
2014
5.9% 5.0% 5.5% 46,367
August
2014
6.1% 5.0% 5.6% 47,581
July
2014
6.2% 5.1% 5.7% 48,023
June
2014
6.1% 5.2% 5.7% 48,230

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.