Department of Numbers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Virginia Beach fell 0.0 percentage points in June 2014 to 5.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Virginia Beach peaked in February 2010 at 7.8% and is now 2.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.4% in February 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Virginia Beach unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate June 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.1% -0.2 -1.4
Virginia 5.3% +0.2 -0.4
Virginia Beach 5.7% 0.0 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1

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 14,787 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 45,467 in February 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,002. Virginia Beach employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Virginia Beach, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons June 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Virginia Beach 48,469 +99 -2,363

Number of Unemployed Persons

Virginia Beach, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Virginia Beach
Unemployment Rate
Virginia Beach
Unemployed
June
2014
6.1% 5.3% 5.7% 48,469
May
2014
6.3% 5.1% 5.7% 48,370
April
2014
6.3% 4.9% 5.5% 46,728
March
2014
6.7% 4.9% 5.5% 46,464
February
2014
6.7% 4.9% 5.4% 45,467
January
2014
6.6% 5.0% 5.5% 45,838
December
2013
6.7% 5.2% 5.6% 46,691
November
2013
7.0% 5.3% 5.7% 47,450
October
2013
7.2% 5.4% 5.8% 48,286
September
2013
7.2% 5.5% 5.9% 49,122
August
2013
7.2% 5.6% 6.0% 49,892
July
2013
7.3% 5.7% 6.0% 50,457
June
2013
7.5% 5.7% 6.1% 50,832

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.