Department of Numbers

NOTE: It looks like there won't be any metro employment/unemployment updates for the next few months. The BLS is reworking the data based on new OMB geographic delineations and won't be able to release updates until at least (and probably later than) April 21st. More here. I'll update the data as soon as it's available. Sorry folks.

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Virginia Beach fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2014 to 5.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Virginia Beach peaked in February 2010 at 7.8% and is now 2.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Virginia Beach unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
Virginia 4.8% 0.0 -0.6
Virginia Beach 5.3% -0.1 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2014 data as January 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 19,050 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 December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Virginia Beach 44,206 -1,129 -2,485

Number of Unemployed Persons

Virginia Beach, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Virginia Beach
Unemployment Rate
Virginia Beach
Unemployed
February
2015
5.5% 4.7%
January
2015
5.7% 4.7%
December
2014
5.6% 4.8% 5.3% 44,206
November
2014
5.8% 4.8% 5.4% 45,335
October
2014
5.7% 4.9% 5.6% 47,037
September
2014
5.9% 5.0% 5.7% 48,064
August
2014
6.1% 5.0% 5.8% 48,480
July
2014
6.2% 5.1% 5.7% 47,754
June
2014
6.1% 5.2% 5.7% 48,372
May
2014
6.3% 5.2% 5.7% 48,370
April
2014
6.2% 5.3% 5.5% 46,728
March
2014
6.6% 5.3% 5.5% 46,464

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.