Department of Numbers

Virginia Job Growth

There were 3,888,500 jobs in Virginia in May 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 4,040,585 employed persons for the month. Virginia lost 3,500 jobs in May 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 12,103 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Virginia job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 3,888,500 -3,500 +255,300
CPS 4,040,585 +12,103 +128,303

Virginia Employment Changes

The charts below shows the monthly job growth for Virginia as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment in Virginia

CES employment peaked in February 2020 for Virginia at 4,091,000. Since then 202,500 jobs have been lost in Virginia according to the employer survey. From a trough of 3,611,000 in April 2020, Virginia has gained 277,500 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Virginia reached a maximum of 4,347,665 in December 2019. 307,080 jobs have been lost in Virginia since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 3,895,532, Virginia has added 145,053 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2021

Virginia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2021 3,888,500 -3,500 4,040,585 12,103
April 2021 3,892,000 4,700 4,028,482 4,881
March 2021 3,887,300 500 4,023,601 6,707
February 2021 3,886,800 -10,600 4,016,894 -9,944
January 2021 3,897,400 16,300 4,026,838 7,963
December 2020 3,881,100 -7,000 4,018,875 -4,200
November 2020 3,888,100 9,900 4,023,075 -4,487
October 2020 3,878,200 22,200 4,027,562 7,352
September 2020 3,856,000 25,300 4,020,210 -48,232
August 2020 3,830,700 72,000 4,068,442 96,294
July 2020 3,758,700 54,900 3,972,148 32,955
June 2020 3,703,800 70,600 3,939,193 26,911