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Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Virginia Job Growth

There were 761,600 jobs in Virginia Beach, Virginia in July 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 786,448 employed persons for the month. Virginia Beach lost 1,000 jobs in July 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 1,691 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Virginia Beach job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 761,600 -1,000 +22,700
CPS 786,448 +1,691 +19,511

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Virginia Beach, Virginia Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Virginia Beach 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 for Virginia Beach, Virginia

CES employment for Virginia Beach peaked in January 2020 at 804,500. Since then 42,900 jobs have been lost in Virginia Beach according to the employer survey. From a trough of 699,800 in April 2020, Virginia Beach has gained 61,800 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 852,588 for Virginia Beach in February 2020. 66,140 jobs have been lost in Virginia Beach since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 744,716, Virginia Beach has added 41,732 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through July 2021

Virginia Beach, Virginia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
July 2021 761,600 -1,000 786,448 1,691
June 2021 762,600 2,300 784,757 979
May 2021 760,300 -800 783,778 423
April 2021 761,100 -2,800 783,355 335
March 2021 763,900 -1,700 783,020 1,417
February 2021 765,600 -1,400 781,603 1,358
January 2021 767,000 3,600 780,245 1,127
December 2020 763,400 -400 779,118 -1,863
November 2020 763,800 -700 780,981 -2,289
October 2020 764,500 8,900 783,270 -1,926
September 2020 755,600 8,300 785,196 -2,618
August 2020 747,300 8,400 787,814 20,877