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Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Virginia Job Growth

There were 721,200 jobs in Virginia Beach, Virginia in April 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 738,248 employed persons for the month. Virginia Beach lost 75,900 jobs in April 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 94,986 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Virginia Beach job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey April 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 721,200 -75,900 -73,400
CPS 738,248 -94,986 -92,691

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 February 2020 at 799,000. Since then 77,800 jobs have been lost in Virginia Beach according to the employer survey.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 841,260 for Virginia Beach in February 2020. 103,012 jobs have been lost in Virginia Beach since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through April 2020

Virginia Beach, Virginia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
April 2020 721,200 -75,900 738,248 -94,986
March 2020 797,100 -1,900 833,234 -8,026
February 2020 799,000 500 841,260 2,256
January 2020 798,500 500 839,004 -700
December 2019 798,000 1,500 839,704 1,199
November 2019 796,500 2,900 838,505 1,480
October 2019 793,600 -1,500 837,025 1,723
September 2019 795,100 0 835,302 1,895
August 2019 795,100 300 833,407 1,651
July 2019 794,800 -1,200 831,756 888
June 2019 796,000 1,200 830,868 150
May 2019 794,800 200 830,718 -221