Department of Numbers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Virginia Beach fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2017 to 4.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 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. You can also compare Virginia Beach unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.1 -0.2
Virginia 3.9% -0.1 -0.1
Virginia Beach 4.2% -0.1 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2017 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 March 2010 at 65,448. There are now 30,224 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 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Virginia Beach 35,224 -1,047 -3,473

Number of Unemployed Persons

Virginia Beach, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Virginia Beach
Unemployment Rate
Virginia Beach
Unemployed
March
2017
4.5% 3.8%
February
2017
4.7% 3.9% 4.2% 35,224
January
2017
4.8% 4.0% 4.3% 36,271
December
2016
4.7% 4.1% 4.6% 38,180
November
2016
4.6% 4.1% 4.8% 39,746
October
2016
4.8% 4.1% 4.8% 39,796
September
2016
4.9% 4.1% 4.6% 38,428
August
2016
4.9% 4.1% 4.5% 37,422
July
2016
4.9% 4.1% 4.4% 36,720
June
2016
4.9% 4.0% 4.3% 35,531
May
2016
4.7% 4.0% 4.3% 35,264
April
2016
5.0% 4.0% 4.5% 37,441

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.