Department of Numbers

Virginia Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Virginia fell 0.2 percentage points in May 2021 to 4.5%. The state unemployment rate was 1.3 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Virginia peaked in April 2020 at 11.3% and is now 6.8 percentage points lower. You can also see Virginia unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
Virginia 4.5% -0.2 -4.0

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

Unemployment Rate: Virginia, National

Virginia monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2021

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Virginia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Virginia peaked in April 2020 at 495,710. There are now 306,443 fewer people unemployed in the state. Virginia job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Virginia 189,267 -8,061 -172,622

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Virginia from 1990 to May 2021

Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployed
June 2021 5.9%
May 2021 5.8% 4.5% 189,267
April 2021 6.1% 4.7% 197,328
March 2021 6.0% 5.1% 214,435
February 2021 6.2% 5.2% 219,727
January 2021 6.3% 5.3% 227,214
December 2020 6.7% 5.6% 236,204
November 2020 6.7% 5.8% 248,218
October 2020 6.9% 6.1% 262,900
September 2020 7.8% 6.6% 282,214
August 2020 8.4% 7.0% 308,054
July 2020 10.2% 7.9% 341,164