Department of Numbers

Virginia Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Virginia rose 0.1 percentage points in January 2023 to 3.2%. The state unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Virginia peaked in April 2020 at 12.0% and is now 8.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in May 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also see Virginia unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2023 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.4% -0.1 -0.6
Virginia 3.2% +0.1 +0.3

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

Unemployment Rate: Virginia, National

Virginia monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 2023

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Virginia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Virginia peaked in April 2020 at 517,063. There are now 372,309 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 111,485 in June 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 33,269. Virginia job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2023 Month/Month Year/Year
Virginia 144,754 +5,013 +15,835

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Virginia from 1990 to January 2023

Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployed
February 2023 3.6%
January 2023 3.4% 3.2% 144,754
December 2022 3.5% 3.1% 139,741
November 2022 3.6% 3.2% 140,890
October 2022 3.7% 3.1% 139,756
September 2022 3.5% 3.0% 132,310
August 2022 3.7% 2.8% 123,031
July 2022 3.5% 2.6% 115,408
June 2022 3.6% 2.5% 111,485
May 2022 3.6% 2.5% 112,638
April 2022 3.6% 2.6% 116,879
March 2022 3.6% 2.8% 121,725