Department of Numbers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Virginia Beach rose 0.2 percentage points in October 2016 to 4.8%. 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 3.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.3% in May 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Virginia Beach unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% -0.1 -0.1
Virginia 4.2% +0.2 0.0
Virginia Beach 4.8% +0.2 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2016 data as November 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 25,349 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 35,264 in May 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 4,835. Virginia Beach employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Virginia Beach, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Virginia Beach 40,099 +1,671 +1,059

Number of Unemployed Persons

Virginia Beach, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Virginia Beach
Unemployment Rate
Virginia Beach
Unemployed
November
2016
4.6%
October
2016
4.9% 4.2% 4.8% 40,099
September
2016
5.0% 4.0% 4.6% 38,428
August
2016
4.9% 3.9% 4.5% 37,422
July
2016
4.9% 3.7% 4.4% 36,720
June
2016
4.9% 3.7% 4.3% 35,531
May
2016
4.7% 3.7% 4.3% 35,264
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

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.