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 February 2014 to 5.5%. 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 January 2010 at 7.7% and is now 2.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.5% in January 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Virginia Beach unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% +0.1 -1.0
Virginia 4.9% -0.1 -0.7
Virginia Beach 5.5% 0.0 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2014 data as March 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 February 2010 at 63,174. There are now 17,496 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Virginia Beach employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Virginia Beach, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Virginia Beach 45,678 -289 -5,361

Number of Unemployed Persons

Virginia Beach, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Virginia Beach
Unemployment Rate
Virginia Beach
Unemployed
March
2014
6.7% 5.0%
February
2014
6.7% 4.9% 5.5% 45,678
January
2014
6.6% 5.0% 5.5% 45,967
December
2013
6.7% 5.2% 5.6% 47,058
November
2013
7.0% 5.3% 5.8% 48,568
October
2013
7.2% 5.4% 5.9% 49,684
September
2013
7.2% 5.5% 5.9% 49,529
August
2013
7.2% 5.6% 6.0% 50,375
July
2013
7.3% 5.7% 6.1% 50,865
June
2013
7.5% 5.7% 6.0% 50,259
May
2013
7.5% 5.6% 5.9% 49,384
April
2013
7.5% 5.6% 5.8% 48,371
March
2013
7.5% 5.6% 5.9% 49,246

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.