Department of Numbers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Virginia Beach rose 0.1 percentage points in March 2016 to 4.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points higher than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Virginia Beach peaked in March 2010 at 7.9% and is now 3.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.6% in December 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 March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% +0.1 -0.5
Virginia 4.0% -0.1 -0.7
Virginia Beach 4.7% +0.1 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2016 data as April 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 26,109 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 38,628 in January 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 711. Virginia Beach employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Virginia Beach, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Virginia Beach 39,339 +642 -4,784

Number of Unemployed Persons

Virginia Beach, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Virginia Beach
Unemployment Rate
Virginia Beach
Unemployed
April
2016
5.0% 3.9%
March
2016
5.0% 4.0% 4.7% 39,339
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
June
2015
5.3% 4.4% 4.9% 41,407
May
2015
5.5% 4.5% 5.1% 43,100

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.