Department of Numbers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Virginia Beach fell 0.2 percentage points in November 2014 to 5.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Virginia Beach peaked in February 2010 at 7.8% and is now 2.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.4% in February 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Virginia Beach unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% +0.1 -1.2
Virginia 5.0% -0.3 -0.3
Virginia Beach 5.4% -0.2 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2014 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

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 February 2010 at 63,256. There are now 17,893 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Virginia Beach employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Virginia Beach, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Virginia Beach 45,363 -1,674 -2,087

Number of Unemployed Persons

Virginia Beach, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Virginia Beach
Unemployment Rate
Virginia Beach
Unemployed
December
2014
5.6% 4.8%
November
2014
5.8% 5.0% 5.4% 45,363
October
2014
5.7% 5.3% 5.6% 47,037
September
2014
5.9% 5.5% 5.7% 48,064
August
2014
6.1% 5.5% 5.8% 48,480
July
2014
6.2% 5.3% 5.7% 47,754
June
2014
6.1% 5.3% 5.7% 48,372
May
2014
6.3% 5.1% 5.7% 48,370
April
2014
6.2% 4.9% 5.5% 46,728
March
2014
6.6% 4.9% 5.5% 46,464
February
2014
6.7% 4.9% 5.4% 45,467
January
2014
6.6% 5.0% 5.5% 45,838

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.