Department of Numbers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Virginia Beach fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2015 to 4.7%. 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 7.9% and is now 3.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.6% in September 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Virginia Beach unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Virginia 4.2% +0.1 -0.6
Virginia Beach 4.7% -0.1 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2015 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 March 2010 at 65,796. There are now 26,304 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 38,634 in September 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 858. Virginia Beach employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Virginia Beach, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Virginia Beach 39,492 -445 -4,316

Number of Unemployed Persons

Virginia Beach, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Virginia Beach
Unemployment Rate
Virginia Beach
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 4.2% 4.7% 39,492
November
2015
5.0% 4.1% 4.8% 39,937
October
2015
5.0% 4.2% 4.8% 39,975
September
2015
5.1% 4.3% 4.6% 38,634
August
2015
5.1% 4.5% 4.8% 39,791
July
2015
5.3% 4.8% 5.1% 42,916
June
2015
5.3% 4.9% 5.3% 44,931
May
2015
5.5% 4.9% 5.5% 46,331
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

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.