Department of Numbers

Virginia Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Virginia fell 0.3 percentage points in November 2020 to 4.9%. The state unemployment rate was 1.8 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Virginia peaked in April 2020 at 11.2% and is now 6.3 percentage points lower. You can also see Virginia unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Virginia 4.9% -0.3 +2.2

Note: All comparisons are made with November data as December state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Virginia, National

Virginia monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to November 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Virginia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Virginia peaked in April 2020 at 482,111. There are now 273,956 fewer people unemployed in the state. Virginia job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Virginia 208,155 -12,464 +89,721

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Virginia from 1990 to November 2020

Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployed
December 2020 6.7%
November 2020 6.7% 4.9% 208,155
October 2020 6.9% 5.2% 220,619
September 2020 7.8% 6.2% 267,683
August 2020 8.4% 6.1% 266,411
July 2020 10.2% 7.9% 341,642
June 2020 11.1% 8.1% 349,624
May 2020 13.3% 9.0% 389,546
April 2020 14.8% 11.2% 482,111
March 2020 4.4% 3.3% 145,294
February 2020 3.5% 2.6% 117,249
January 2020 3.5% 2.7% 118,315