Department of Numbers

Virginia Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Virginia fell 0.0 percentage points in April 2022 to 3.0%. The state unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Virginia peaked in April 2020 at 11.6% and is now 8.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.0% in March 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Virginia unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
Virginia 3.0% 0.0 -1.3

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

Unemployment Rate: Virginia, National

Virginia monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to April 2022

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Virginia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Virginia peaked in April 2020 at 514,372. There are now 384,601 fewer people unemployed in the state. Virginia job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Virginia 129,771 -1,324 -54,693

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Virginia from 1990 to April 2022

Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployed
May 2022 3.6%
April 2022 3.6% 3.0% 129,771
March 2022 3.6% 3.0% 131,095
February 2022 3.8% 3.2% 136,023
January 2022 4.0% 3.3% 139,334
December 2021 3.9% 3.3% 141,153
November 2021 4.2% 3.3% 141,529
October 2021 4.6% 3.4% 142,841
September 2021 4.7% 3.4% 146,636
August 2021 5.2% 3.6% 152,906
July 2021 5.4% 3.8% 160,298
June 2021 5.9% 4.0% 169,184