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 May 2016 to 4.3%. 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 March 2010 at 7.9% and is now 3.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare Virginia Beach unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.3 -0.8
Virginia 3.7% -0.2 -0.8
Virginia Beach 4.3% -0.2 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2016 data as June 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 March 2010 at 65,448. There are now 30,072 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 May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Virginia Beach 35,376 -2,065 -7,724

Number of Unemployed Persons

Virginia Beach, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Virginia Beach
Unemployment Rate
Virginia Beach
Unemployed
June
2016
4.9% 3.7%
May
2016
4.7% 3.7% 4.3% 35,376
April
2016
5.0% 3.9% 4.5% 37,441
March
2016
5.0% 4.0% 4.7% 39,229
February
2016
4.9% 4.1% 4.6% 38,697
January
2016
4.9% 4.1% 4.6% 38,628
December
2015
5.0% 4.2% 4.6% 39,069
November
2015
5.0% 4.2% 4.7% 39,185
October
2015
5.0% 4.2% 4.7% 39,040
September
2015
5.1% 4.2% 4.7% 38,739
August
2015
5.1% 4.2% 4.7% 38,928
July
2015
5.3% 4.3% 4.8% 39,877

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.