Department of Numbers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Virginia Beach rose 0.2 percentage points in April 2017 to 4.3%. 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 March 2010 at 7.9% and is now 3.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in March 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Virginia Beach unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% -0.1 -0.6
Virginia 3.8% 0.0 -0.2
Virginia Beach 4.3% +0.2 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2017 data as May 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 29,238 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 1,767. Virginia Beach employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Virginia Beach, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Virginia Beach 36,210 +1,767 -2,652

Number of Unemployed Persons

Virginia Beach, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Virginia Beach
Unemployment Rate
Virginia Beach
Unemployed
May
2017
4.3% 3.8%
April
2017
4.4% 3.8% 4.3% 36,210
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
November
2016
4.6% 4.1% 4.5% 38,032
October
2016
4.8% 4.1% 4.6% 38,822
September
2016
4.9% 4.1% 4.7% 39,351
August
2016
4.9% 4.1% 4.7% 38,985
July
2016
4.9% 4.1% 4.6% 38,448
June
2016
4.9% 4.0% 4.5% 37,897

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.