Department of Numbers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Virginia Job Growth

There were 768,600 jobs in Virginia Beach, Virginia in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 784,032 employed persons for the month. Virginia Beach added 1,600 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 1,747 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Virginia Beach job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 768,600 +1,600 -35,200
CPS 784,032 +1,747 -57,228

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 35,900 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 68,800 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 841,260 for Virginia Beach in February 2020. 57,228 jobs have been lost in Virginia Beach since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 733,684, Virginia Beach has added 50,348 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Virginia Beach, Virginia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 768,600 1,600 784,032 1,747
January 2021 767,000 3,600 782,285 -9,696
December 2020 763,400 -400 791,981 1,453
November 2020 763,800 -700 790,528 1,409
October 2020 764,500 8,900 789,119 8,660
September 2020 755,600 8,300 780,459 -9,064
August 2020 747,300 8,400 789,523 12,520
July 2020 738,900 13,900 777,003 8,986
June 2020 725,000 17,000 768,017 8,189
May 2020 708,000 8,200 759,828 26,144
April 2020 699,800 -96,400 733,684 -99,550
March 2020 796,200 -7,600 833,234 -8,026