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 October 2017 to 4.2%. 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 3.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in March 2017, 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 October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% -0.1 -0.7
Virginia 3.6% -0.1 -0.5
Virginia Beach 4.2% +0.1 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2017 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 30,424 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 34,443 in March 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 581. Virginia Beach employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Virginia Beach, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Virginia Beach 35,024 +227 -3,798

Number of Unemployed Persons

Virginia Beach, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Virginia Beach
Unemployment Rate
Virginia Beach
Unemployed
November
2017
4.1%
October
2017
4.1% 3.6% 4.2% 35,024
September
2017
4.2% 3.7% 4.1% 34,797
August
2017
4.4% 3.8% 4.2% 35,203
July
2017
4.3% 3.8% 4.2% 35,304
June
2017
4.4% 3.7% 4.2% 35,441
May
2017
4.3% 3.8% 4.3% 36,289
April
2017
4.4% 3.8% 4.3% 36,108
March
2017
4.5% 3.8% 4.1% 34,443
February
2017
4.7% 3.9% 4.2% 35,348
January
2017
4.8% 4.0% 4.3% 36,292
December
2016
4.7% 4.1% 4.5% 37,672

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.